Brave mum conquers fears for leap of faith

James, left, Christine and Vanessa Procter visit Blue Skies  Hospitals Fund after raising �1,146 for the Breast Care Centre at   Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Also pictured is Nicci Hayes, Fundraising   Officer for Blue Skies
James, left, Christine and Vanessa Procter visit Blue Skies Hospitals Fund after raising �1,146 for the Breast Care Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Also pictured is Nicci Hayes, Fundraising Officer for Blue Skies
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A brave family has proved it has a head for heights as members took to the skies to raise money for the Breast Care Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Christine Procter, 47, and her children Vanessa, 17 and James, 16, took the bold step in thanks for the care Christine received at the unit while undergoing treatment for breast cancer – the skydive itself took place five years almost to the day since Christine was given the all clear.

Last year I did a parasail while on holiday and my son, James, said I should do a sky dive to mark my five years of being cancer free

She said: “Last year I did a parasail while on holiday and my son, James, said I should do a sky dive to mark my five years of being cancer free. I told him no chance, but he persuaded me. Now I’d do it again, it was an amazing experience.

“I’m so pleased I’ve been able to do this for the Breast Care Consultant, Mr Kiri, Breast Care Nurse Sarah Guilfoyle and everyone else who has continued to look after me while I’ve been a patient at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.”

Christine, who lives with Vanessa, 17, and James, 16, as well as her husband Steven and other daughter Faye, 24, in Lea, Preston, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.

She had her final round of chemotherapy at the beginning of September, and was given the all clear on September 23 that year – just one week before her birthday.

Vanessa added: “Doing the sky dive was the best thing I’ve ever done. I’d definitely do it again.”

The family has raised a total of £1,146 through sponsorship for their sky dive, which has been presented to Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services, Caroline Scholz, said: “We are very pleased that Christine has been able to mark five years of being cancer-free, and that she has chosen to support the Breast Care Centre in this way.

“This money will go a long way in helping people like Christine who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and are receiving treatment.”