Sheffield’s first lady set to take skydive challenge

lady mayoress Catherine Taylor
lady mayoress Catherine Taylor
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SHEFFIELD’s daredevil Lady Mayoress is getting ready to take the plunge - and jump out of a plane at 12,000ft.

Catherine Taylor, who is the partner of the city’s Lord Mayor, Coun John Campbell, will take part in the charity tandem skydive next month.

The mum-of-two will be strapped to an instructor and will free fall for a minute at speeds of up to 120mph.

She will be joined by her daughter, Kim Clarke, aged 31, who is also taking part in the skydive and will be raising funds for Women’s Aid.

The Lady Mayoress, who works for the NHS in payroll, is taking part in the challenge to raise funds for St Luke’s Hospice.

She has also chosen to donate to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which are Coun Campbell’s nominated charities for the year.

Ms Taylor, from Longley, has set a fundraising target of £1,500.

Ms Taylor, who is also a grandmother, said: “Whenever I think about it my hands start to get sweaty.

“We will be giving each other some moral support but I think my daughter is more nervous about it than I am.

“I’ve not done anything like this before and I’m trying not to think about it too much.

“It will be good to give something back to these charities.”

Coun Campbell said: “I think it’s fantastic.

“She and Kim really want to give something back.

“I will certainly be watching them but my feet will be firmly on the ground.”

The jump will be at Langar Airfield, Nottinghamshire, on April 19.

See www.virginmoneygiving.com/CatherineTaylor4 to donate.