Swaffham’s Betty, 70, hands over cheque from skydive

Betty Read is with Chemotherapy Room Sister, Arleen Parcon ANL-150128-172652001
Betty Read is with Chemotherapy Room Sister, Arleen Parcon ANL-150128-172652001
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A grandmother in her seventies did not let age be a barrier when she wanted to do a dare-devil stunt to raise money for charity.

Despite having recovered from cancer, Betty Read, 70, did a tandem skydive to raise money towards the cost of a chemotherapy pump used in the chemotherapy suite of the Macmillan Care and Treatment Centre at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Each electronic pump costs £3,830 and is used to administer chemotherapy medication on a daily basis at the appropriate rate for optimum benefit to the patient.

Her target in the skydive at Chatteris airfield in August was £1,000. But she has now handed over a cheque for £2,933 – that’s 76 per cent of the cost of a new pump.

Two years ago she was diagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma – a rare cancer of the lymphatic system. It is inoperable but the chemotherapy keeps it at bay as she goes for a top up treatment every eight weeks.

Mrs Read, of Swaffham – who has four children and two grandchildren – said: ‘I wanted to say a really big thank you to the wonderful and supportive staff at the Macmillan Care and Treatment Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“I have always wanted to do a tandem skydive and this was the perfect opportunity to say thank you and to give something back. It was a beautiful experience and I landed on my feet literally – brilliant!

“Everything went very well and people have been extremely generous.”