Family skydive planned to support cancer care unit

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A family is preparing to reach for the skies in a fundraising drive inspired by their late father and grandfather.

David Footer, who lived in Lynn, died in August last year, aged 63, following a battle against throat cancer.

His daughter, Sue Callaby, and two of her sons, Bradley Callab and Dylan Baty, are now getting ready to do a skydive in his memory next weekend.

The trio are raising funds for the throat cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, which cared for David and enabled him to spend his final days at home.

Sue, who works as a dispenser at the Plowright Medical Centre, in Swaffham, said: “If the staff hadn’t have trained myself and my husband how to care for Dad he would not have got his wish to pass away at home with his family.”

She added that the idea for the skydive had come out of a conversation she had with David shortly before his death.

She said: “I asked him if there was anything he’d wanted to do that he hadn’t done and he said he’d always wanted to jump out of a plane.

“I said,’Don’t worry, I’ll do it for you.’”

Sue, Dylan and Bradley are scheduled to make the jump at the Beccles airfield next Saturday, June 18, the day before Fathers’ Day.

Bradley’s colleagues at Adrian Flux Insurance are also holding a dress-down day to help boost the total.

But Sue admitted: “I’m absolutely terrified now. I hadn’t really thought about it until one of my colleagues said ‘You haven’t got long now.’”

Donations can be made through an Every Click account set up on Sue’s Facebook page or through a sponsorship form at the Plowright Medical Centre on Jack Boddy Way, Swaffham.

Alternatively, phone Sue on 01760 755775.