2:54pm Wednesday 4th June 2014
By David Thomson
TWO daredevil sisters have completed a 15,000ft skydive to raise money for Bury Hospice in memory of their mother.
Thanks to the parachute jump undertaken by Laura Gardner and Nina Levy, the duo have raised £5,700 for the good cause.
Laura, aged 35, of Rochford Avenue, Whitefield, and Nina, aged 30, of Kilcoby Avenue, Prestwich, took the plunge at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancaster.
Initially, they had hoped to raise £3,000 for Bury Hospice where their mum, Jackie Williams, spent her final days before losing her six-year fight against ovarian cancer.
Mrs Williams, who lived in Sunny Bank Road, Unsworth, died aged 59 last July. After their mum was diagnosed with cancer, Laura and Nina discovered they had both inherited the BRCA1 gene which increases the risk of the disease.
Midwife Laura has already undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy and is scheduled to have a prophylactic hysterectomy after being told she had a 90 per cent chance of getting breast cancer.
The sisters decided to raise money for Bury Hospice because they said staff did their utmost for their mum in her final hours.
Laura and Nina plan to donate an outdoor table and bench to place in the grounds of the hospice in memory of their mum. Also, they would like to contribute to the hospice’s medical facilities.
Laura said: “The skydive was an amazing experience and worth all the nerves. Nina hated every minute of it and I loved it.”
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