A daredevil great-grandmother is preparing to plunge 12,000ft in a parachute jump to raise money for The Hospice of the Good Shepherd on the tenth anniversary of her son’s murder.
Eighty-one-year-old Emily Hornby, from Blacon, will be doing the jump in memory of her son, Gary Lee, who was tragically murdered on July 4, 2005.
Far from being daunted by the task ahead, Emily is determined to remember her son whilst also raising funds for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd that provides palliative care for patients facing life-limiting conditions in Chester, West Cheshire, Ellesmere Port and Deeside.
The great-grandmother to 11 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren will be strapped to an experienced parachutist when she makes the jump, at Black Knights parachute centre, Cockerham near Blackpool.
She said: “Everybody is really supporting me. I can’t tell you how proud I am to have such a close family that make me very proud, I want to enjoy life and am really looking forward to the challenge.
“People have been really generous and we have raised over £1000 for the Hospice already”.
Charlotte Moss, great-grand daughter of Emily, said she had no doubt that her great-grandmother was up for the challenge.
“She is such an inspiration and is taking the jump in her stride. The day will be amazing and one we will all remember for a long time”.
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd are delighted that Emily will be raising funds in such a daring manner. A spokesperson said: “Emily’s sense of adventure and good spirit is humbling and we are extremely grateful for her support. We look forward to seeing the film footage after the jump.”
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