Teresa Braley who works at Crewkerne Post Office took part in a sponsored parachute jump in aid of Bowel Cancer UK at Hinton Airfield near Farthinghoe in Oxfordshire. Teresa has been raising money for the charity in memory of her late father Mike Clarke, who died from bowel cancer two years ago. So far she has raised around £1,200, which includes the proceeds from a bingo run by Teresa and her sister Lorraine. When she heard that the charity was holding ‘The Big Jump For Bowel Cancer UK’ at the private airfield, Teresa leapt at the opportunity to take part.
The tandem parachute jump, watched by her sister Lorraine and other family members and friends, was in Teresa’s own words: “A totally amazing experience and I want to do it again.” Teresa’s professional instructor, who she was strapped to for the descent, made any worries of touching down disappear as he advised her to put her feet on his, to ensure a safe and controlled landing. While Teresa found it an exhilarating experience and can’t wait to go again, a video filmed at the time, showed the relief of family and friends when she’d landed and it was all over.
Bowel cancer is the country’s second biggest cancer killer. If diagnosed at an early stage, it is treatable. Bowel Cancer UK is passionate about making sure people know the symptoms and the importance of going to their GP if they have concerns. The charity is determined to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by the disease.