A TRAINEE radiographer from a Sheffield hospital will be scaling new heights after setting herself a high-flying fundraising challenge.
Hollie Marsden, who works at Weston Park, is taking part in a tandem skydive with the world-famous Red Devils Parachute Regiment in aid of the cancer hospital’s official charity.
The 20-year-old, of Kimberworth, Rotherham, said: “Skydiving is something I’ve always wanted to do so I thought, why not do it for a fantastic cause like Weston Park.
“Working at a cancer hospital can be difficult at times but also very rewarding, because you are helping people get through what is likely to be one of the toughest challenges of their lives. I have also experienced family members and friends being treated at the hospital, which is another reason why it’s so close to my heart.
“The ways the charity helps the hospital is invaluable. It’s not always the big things that make the difference – the little things can really go a long way to help.”
The tandem skydive, at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire in August, will see Hollie jump from a height of 13,000ft and accelerate from zero to 120mph in just 10 seconds.
Helen Gentle, fundraiser at the charity, said: “We need £1.2m a year to help fund cancer research, care and treatment, so we rely on the kindness of members of the public to help us raise this amount by taking part in various fundraising events throughout the year.
“Skydiving is a fantastic experience and we’re very grateful to Hollie for bravely taking the plunge. If anyone else is brave enough to follow in Hollie’s footsteps there are still places left!”
n Call 0114 2265370 for more information. Visit www.justgiving.com/HollieMarsden to sponsor Hollie.