Swaffham’s Betty, 70, to skydive

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A 70-year-old Swaffham woman, who suffers from a rare form of cancer, takes to the skies on Wednesday to raise funds for Lynn’s hospital.

Planning to complete a tandem skydive to raise funds for a new chemotherapy pump to be used in the chemotherapy suite at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Betty Read hopes to raise around £1,000 of the £3,830 needed for a pump.

Betty was diagnosed with mantle cell lyphoma, a rare cancer of the lymphatic system, two years ago. The cancer is inoperable but is kept at bay with chemotherapy treatments every eight weeks.

Betty said: “I want to say thank you to the wonderful and supportive staff at the Macmillan Care and Treatment Centre in Lynn. I have always wanted to do a tandem skydive and this is the perfect opportunity to say thank you and to give something back. Things are going very well – people are being very generous and I have already received about £700. I am really looking forward to it and at the moment I am not nervous.”

Betty will take to the skies above Chatteris Airfield on Wednesday, to sponsor her, go to www.justgiving.com/QEHKL-BettyRead