Daring skydive in aid of Dementia UK

Gipsey Bridge Academy pupils have been raising money for Dementia UK. Pupils L-R Rosa Abram 4, Jordan Langley 6, Cain Nicholls 7, Sophie Holland 8, Karis Greene 7, Harry Self 9, Kady Synyer 10, Grace Lunn 11 - school council, and parent Mrs Sally Elms who is going to do a skydive to raise money for Dementia UK.
Gipsey Bridge Academy pupils have been raising money for Dementia UK. Pupils L-R Rosa Abram 4, Jordan Langley 6, Cain Nicholls 7, Sophie Holland 8, Karis Greene 7, Harry Self 9, Kady Synyer 10, Grace Lunn 11 - school council, and parent Mrs Sally Elms who is going to do a skydive to raise money for Dementia UK.

A plucky parent is planning to leap 10,000ft out of a plane to raise money for a charity close to her heart.

Mum-of-two Sally Elms, of Kirton Holme, will take to the skies over Peterborough in June to support Dementia UK.

“As a Dementia friend I am trying to raise awareness of this cruel, progressive disease by doing a tandem skydive on June 20,” said Sally, 49.

“Dementia UK is a charity close to my heart after 
having my mum diagnosed 
several years ago with 
vascular dementia and also losing an uncle to Alzheimer’s just over a year ago.”

Sally’s children Molly, 12, and Jack, nine - a pupil at 
Gipsey Bridge Primary School - will both be there on the day to watch her daring descent.

“I am scared of rollercoasters but I’m not really afraid of heights as I did a skydive 20 years ago for the RSPCA,” she added. “However, this was from 2,000ft - not 10,000.”

With an initial fundraising target of £500 - Sally has already surpassed this with the total currently standing at £650.

Pupils and parents at Gipsey Bridge Academy helped to boost her fund a few weeks ago - raising more than £150.

“Currently, there is no cure or effective long-term treatment for this disease,” Sally explained.

“Once diagnosed, you cannot even fight this cruel disease - so please give generously and donate whatever you can to this very needy, worthwhile charity.

“Dementia and Alzheimer’s costs this country twice as much as cancer yet it receives 13 times less funding.”

She added: “We really do need to find a breakthrough soon.”

l To sponsor Sally, and 
donate to Dementia UK in the process, visit her fundraising page: www.doit
forcharity.com/SElms