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Jo takes saying thanks to new heights

Jo (right) and her twin sister Tracey, who is a nurse and works at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital in Chorley

Kendal mum Jo Pritchard is all set for a show of gratitude at altitude!

Jo (47), of Valley Drive, is to plunge 13,000 ft from a plane early next Saturday (25th May) at Cark Airfield, Flookburgh.

She will use her debut tandem parachute jump to raise money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation in thanks for treatment her twin sister Tracey Probyn is receiving for bowel cancer at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Legal secretary Jo said: “I was watching the celebrities on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ parachute into the jungle and mentioned to my husband Mark that I quite fancied doing a parachute jump.

“Unbeknown to me, he booked me one as a joint Christmas and birthday present as my birthday is on New Year’s Eve. Following my sister’s diagnosis and cancer having affected a number of other family members and friends, I decided to use the jump to raise funds for Rosemere Cancer Foundation. I’m okay with heights but I’m less good at standing on the edge of a drop so I’m now getting a bit worried about how things will go.”

To date, Jo, who is mum to Beth (21) and Owen (19), has raised £595 through her Just Giving page at

Jo added: “Originally, I thought I might raise about £100 so to have passed the £500 mark is brilliant and I am very grateful to everyone who has sponsored me.”

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire being treated not only at Rosemere Cancer Centre, which provides all local radiotherapy among other specialised treatment, but also at another eight local hospital cancer units, including those at Westmorland General Hospital and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

The charity funds cutting edge equipment, research, training and other cancer services and therapies that are beyond limited NHS resources. For further information on its work, visit

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