A MASSIVE well done is in order for our very own Sam, who helped smash a world record last week to raise money for Stephen Sutton, who, whilst fighting ‘incurable’ cancer, raised over £5 million for Teenage Cancer Trust, this Centre’s nominated charity.
Sam raised £375 for Teenage Cancer Trust and got her name in the Guinness Book of World Records for being one of 403 tandem jumps in 24 hours!
Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15. On 7 January 2013, shortly after finding out his disease was incurable, he set up a website called Stephen’s Story. Here he outlined a bucket list of 46 things he wanted to achieve in the time he had left. Number 2 on the list was to skydive. He went on to skydive twice and last year persuaded a large group of others to do it with him. Number 34 was to “Get my name into the Guinness World Book of Records somehow”.
Stephen died on May 14, 2014. In the weeks and months leading to his death, he was determined that this world record attempt should go ahead and had begun to recruit people to take part in a jump organised with Skydive Hibaldstow.
Inspired by Stephen and at the request of his family, Teenage Cancer Trust organised a huge world-record breaking skydiving event, called Skydive for Stephen.
Skydive for Stephen involved recruiting at least 400 people to jump 10,000ft out of a plane in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. Stephen applied to Guinness World Records for the ‘Most tandem parachute jumps in 24 hours’ and the aim was to break this record, which then currently stood at 281 people.