BRAVE COUPLE RAISE MORE THAN £1,300
A BRAVE couple have paid tribute to the Cheadle community after raising more than £1,300 in a daring charity mission.
Vikki and Phil Johnson jumped out of a plane at 10,000 feet in memory of family friend Bob Meredith, who died from cancer a year ago.
The couple, from Froghall Road, Cheadle, were inundated with donations and messages of support after telling of their online appeal in The Stunner three weeks ago.
And elated Vikki was keen to pass on a heartfelt message after completing her first-ever skydive last weekend.
“We’d very much like to thank everyone who supported us so generously,” she said.
“We wanted to do something special on the first anniversary of Bob’s death and raise money for the Dougie Mac Hospice to mark Hospice Care Week.
“Bob was well known locally as he used to live on a narrowboat on the Cauldon Canal between Froghall and Cheddleton and perhaps that’s why we received so many donations.
“But I can’t thank people enough for their support – it really made a difference and we’re very grateful.
“We were in the Blacksmiths pub at Kingsley Holt the night before and people were coming up to us to hand over money – just brilliant.”
The couple, both 42, jumped with a team of six other hospice fund-raisers along with 21 people raising funds for other charities at Langer airfield in Nottingham on Saturday.
Vikki added: “It was our first jump and we were a bit nervous about it, but it was actually a fabulous experience.
“We had to hang around for a while as there was thick cloud around, so we left the ground at around 3.15pm before jumping at 10,000 feet at around 120mph.
“We were actually free-falling through the clouds during a 40-second drop of about 6,000 feet and the jump lasted around four-and-a-half minutes overall.
“It was great and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”
The couple’s online appeal has closed, but donations can still be made via the Douglas Macmillan Hospice shop in Cheadle High Street.
Vikki, who works at the Longton hospice, said: “We’re planning another expedition next year which might be a walk up Mount Snowdon or something like that.
“We’ll try to really push the boat out the year after and it might be something really special – but people will have to watch this space.”
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