Sheffield lawyer takes the plunge to raise money for cancer charity

Katy Heppenstall during her tandem skydive.
Katy Heppenstall during her tandem skydive.
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High-flying lawyer Katy Heppenstall celebrated her 30th birthday in unique style - by taking the plunge and completing a skydive for charity.

She completed the tandem skydive from 10, 000ft above the Yorkshire coast in August to help raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The Sheffield resident, who works at the city’s Slater and Gordon law firm, chose Marie Curie as the charity cared for her partner’s father before his death from lung cancer earlier this year. She has so far raised £400.

Katy said: “We were free falling for about 4,000ft before my tandem instructor pulled the parachute.

“We then played in the clouds for a while and he gave me the handles of the parachute so I could spin us around.

“The feeling was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before – the adrenaline rush with the world hurtling towards me at 250mph was pretty crazy.”

She added her partner’s father was “moved to the Marie Curie hospice in Bradford for his last two weeks.

“They were amazing and made him so comfortable. He wanted to give something back so I thought I’d do my skydive for him.”