Teen’s skydive raises cash in dad’s memory

Freya Joensen, 17, from Fleetwood, did a charity skydive in memory of her dad Paul.
Freya Joensen, 17, from Fleetwood, did a charity skydive in memory of her dad Paul.
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A charitable teenager has raised more than £600 for the Lancashire Cardiac Centre in memory of her dad, who died last year.

Freya Joensen, 17, from Fleetwood, had always spoken to her dad, Paul, about doing a skydive, and the pair (right) were talking about her finally taking the plunge when he tragically died in April last year.

Mr Joensen, 51, had suffered a heart condition for 14 years and had attended Wythenshawe Hospital to undergo a transplant operation.

But doctors said he was too poorly to have the procedure, and he died at the hospital a short time later.

Freya, a photography, creative media and ancient history student at Blackpool Sixth Form College, decided she would do her skydive in her dad’s memory, and use it to raise money in thanks for the many years of care he received at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

She said: “It wasn’t long after dad died that I decided to do something in his memory. We’d always talked about me doing a skydive and it’s something I’d always wanted to do, so it made sense to do it for dad.

“The dive itself was fantastic. I wasn’t nervous at all and already want to do another one. I think dad would have been proud of me for doing it and I know he would have been there to support me if he could.” Mr Joensen’s parents, Barbara and Siv, proudly watched as Freya plummeted from a plane in August.

Freya’s dive raised a total of £642, which has been given to Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, the charity behind Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for its Heart of Gold Charitable Fund – supporting the Lancashire Cardiac Centre.

She added: “To raise that much money feels really good – I didn’t think I’d get anywhere near that much. I’ve doubled my expectations.

“Everybody has been really kind, and I can’t thank them enough for their 
support.”