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Catherine inspired to take on charity challenge

Laura Kearns 29th Jan, 2017

AN ADRENALINE junkie has jumped from a plane to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Catherine Holcombe from Shipston took part in a tandem skydive to raise money for Parkinson’s UK after her mother-in-law Jean died from the disease.

The 42-year-old told the Observer: “Jean was such an amazing lady – strong, independent, and was always doing good deeds for others.

“Suffering with Parkinson’s meant she lost a lot of her independence in later years and had to give up many of her hobbies and Shipston community activities, in which she was always so active.

“My skydive doesn’t seem much when I reflect on the good deeds Jean did for so many people but I wanted to do something to support this amazing charity and the many sufferers of this hideous disease. I also wanted to do something in her memory. A skydive is something I’ve always wanted to do but was simply never brave enough.”

And after being terrified to do the jump, Catherine has now fallen in love with the experience and cannot wait to go again.

From this jump she hopes to raise £1,000 for the charity, and is currently just £200 off her target.

Catherine said: “Parkinson’s UK is an amazing charity and I’m thrilled to bits to have been able to do something to help raise much needed funds.

“I’m still hoping to reach my target as that amount would fund a week long research project to help find a cure.”

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