Grandmother to jump 15,000ft out of plane to raise money for unpaid carers

A grandmother from South Cumbria is gearing up to jump out of a plane at 15,000 feet to raise money for charity.

Jane Eccles, 60, from Flookburgh, plans to leap out of a plane, during a tandem skydive jump all to raise money for the charity Carer Support South Lakes which supports unpaid carers of all ages across South Cumbria.

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She’ll reach speeds of up to 120mph during the 15,000 feet jump.

Speaking about the challenge, Jane said: “I went on a tree climbing adventure recently and I was a bit nervous at the top of a tree! So, the skydive will be something of a challenge.

“But it is something I have always fancied trying and it will raise valuable funds for the charity so I’m determined to see it through.”

Jane works part-time for the Kendal-based charity where she supports young carers.

She has set her fundraising target at £1,000.

She continued: “This is Carer Support South Lakes’ 30th Anniversary year so I felt I wanted to do something to raise funds and highlight the important work it does.

Jane tree climbing
Jane tree climbing

“I’ll be nervous, but I’m really looking forward to doing it.

“I’m not too keen on the idea of jumping out of the plane door but I am I’m looking forward to floating down through the air and seeing the ground below.”

Jane is married with two sons, three stepchildren and five grandchildren. She will take part in the tandem jump, with Skydive Northwest at Cark Airfield in Flookburgh, on Saturday, July 2.

“Donations, whether large or small, make a huge difference to the charity and help it to continue its vital work with Carers,” said Jane.

I’m very grateful to all of those who are supporting my fundraising. Their donations will make a big difference to the lives of unpaid carers.”

Each year, Carer Support South Lakes works with over 1,000 carers of all ages.

The charity provides access to information, emotional support, advocacy, financial support and opportunities to take a break.

It also runs the online support service Carer-Connect which helps carers find support and access vital information at all times of the day and night.

You can donate to Jane’s fundraising efforts via her JustGiving page.

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