Charlotte urges people to join record skydive

Jo Bell and her daughter Charlotte
Jo Bell and her daughter Charlotte

A young woman from Rushden who is battling cancer is urging people to take part in a world record-setting skydive to raise money for the charity.

The jump will raise funds for Clic Sargent, a charity which helps children and young people with cancer.

It is aiming to get more than 700 intrepid skydivers to join a mass jump from at least 10,000ft over the weekend of September 14 and 15 in an attempt to set a new world record for the most tandem sky dives within 24 hours.

Charlotte Bell, 19, of Maple Wood, Rushden, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and has been supported by the charity ever since, so she is now asking people to join the skydive in a hope to raise as much cash as possible.

She said: “I suppose it is my way of giving back, for all the support the charity has given me.

“If people join the skydive and raise money, no matter how much or how little, it will be going to a great cause and going to the people who need it.

“I know they’ll spend the money well, and hopefully more people like me can be helped in the future.”

Charlotte was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2009 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 to stay at Clic Court, the charity’s ‘home from home’ in Oxford.

Home from homes provide free accommodation for children and young people and their families near major treatment centres.

Charlotte’s mum Jo described the help as a lifeline and said the charity is fantastic.

For more details about taking part in the skydive, call 0845 1212496, email worldrecordskydive@clicsargent.org.uk or visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/worldrecordskydive to sign up.