The family of a young woman from Rushden with cancer, who has been supported by the charity CLIC Sargent, has appealed for people to take part in a world record setting sky dive to raise money for the charity.
Charlotte Bell’s mum, Jo, said: “I would encourage people to sign up for sky dive to help set a new world record and raise money to help children and young people and their families who are coping with cancer.”
“CLIC Sargent provided us with invaluable support during Charlotte’s treatment.”
The charity is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and it is currently appealing for over 700 intrepid skydivers to join a mass jump from at least 10,000 feet over the weekend on September 14 and 15 - in an attempt to set a new world record for the most tandem sky dives within 24 hours.
The jumps will take place over five airfields in central and southern England, including Hinton Airfield in Northamptonshire, and CLIC Sargent aims to raise more than £400,000 to help children and young people with cancer.
When Charlotte began having migraines and being sick in the mornings during her GCSE year in 2009, her family was very concerned.
She was diagnosed with a brain tumour but treatment at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, started straight away, with two operations and recovery in intensive care. After a short period at home, Charlotte started a six-week course of radiotherapy.
CLIC Sargent arranged for Charlotte and her family, including dad Roger and younger sister Meghan, to stay at CLIC Court, CLIC Sargent’s ‘home from home’ in Oxford, which Jo described as a ’lifeline.’
Home from homes provide free accommodation for children and young people and their families near major treatment centres.
Jo said: “We stayed at CLIC Court during Charlotte’s treatment and it was a complete lifeline for us. It wasn’t a clinical place at all and really became our home for six weeks.”
Charlotte’s treatment has left her with a number of long-term side effects including impaired sight, balance and co-ordination problems and a weakness down the right side of her body which makes it difficult for her to write.
However she has completed 11 GCSEs and is now taking part in further studies.
Charlotte and her family are now asking people to join the sky dive in a bid to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
For more information about taking part in the sky dive, call 0845 121 2496, email email@example.com or visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/worldrecordskydive to sign up.