Sheffield sisters take to the skies for charity

Jo Chapman (right) with her sister Kay
Jo Chapman (right) with her sister Kay
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Two sisters from Sheffield are taking the plunge for charity - by volunteering to jump out of a plane.

Jo Chapman, aged 57, from Stannington, put herself forward for the challenge despite battling cancer.

She wants to raise money for Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital, where she is receiving treatment after being diagnosed with blood cancer last year.

Jo has undergone chemotherapy and is taking part in a clinical trial.

She will be joined on her sponsored skydive by her sister, Kay, with the pair keen to raise as much money as they can for the hospital to help it continue its research and cancer treatment.

“It came as a complete shock. It was definitely difficult for me and my family to come to terms with the reality of living with a cancer diagnosis,” said Jo.

“It was a no brainer for me to be involved in a clinical trial and help shape the future of treatment for patients facing a cancer diagnosis in the future.

“In the midst of all the turmoil and apprehension it was actually my family who were affected the most as they felt completely helpless.”

Although still receiving treatment, Jo, who is afraid of heights, said: “I decided to take on a skydive as it was something which would really push me to my limits whilst raising much needed sponsorship for Weston Park Hospital’s dedicated charity.

“My sister very bravely said she’d like to join me and it’s great that we can take this challenge on as a daring duo - the support from my family has been truly incredible.”

The Weston Park Cancer Hospital Charity has organised the skydive at Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire, on June 14.

It is appealing for others to take part.

Charity fundraiser Sarah Cross said: “We are extremely grateful to Jo and her sister for taking to the skies and helping to raise vital funds for their local cancer hospital.

“It’s set to be an exciting day with all our supporters jumping together.

“We’re urging anyone who wants to take on a big challenge to sign up today and help raise vital sponsorship for the cancer charity.”

The cancer charity needs to raise over £1.8 million this year.

To sponsor Jo and Kay visit www.justgiving.com/Josephine-Chapman and to volunteer for the skydive visit www.thebigjump.org.uk