A SHERSTON mum is casting her fear of heights to the winds to raise money for the children’s hospital that treated her toddler son for cancer.
Little Alfie-Ray Clark suffered a very aggressive form of Neuroblastoma and died in August 2012 aged just 18 months, following an operation to remove a tumour.
Now mum Kelly Pritchard is preparing to hurl herself out of an aircraft in a tandem skydive on August 2 at Redlands near Swindon, to raise awareness of the devastating condition and money for the Bristol Children’s Hospital Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal.
“I don’t do heights full stop,” she confessed. “I can’t even look down from the second level of Tesco in Yate. I get light headed. Am I going to throw myself willingly out of a plane at 13,000 feet? But it is for kids, so I will overcome my fear. I will be doing it no matter what.”
“And if I love it, then I’m doing it again in October for another charity, Families Against Neuroblastoma. They’re fantastic. They do everything they can to help families.”
She added: “I’m not brave. Brave is the children that are going through it.”
“It is heartbreaking in hospital. The first night we were there I heard children crying in pain and being sick. I couldn’t even pick Alfie up because he was so poorly.”
The tot had to endure five month in bed because of the size of his tumour, Kelly, 35, explained.
Partner Darren Clark, a roofer, who is also taking part, is amazed. “He said I wouldn’t be able to do it, so I got my forms and put them in and he said he would do it too.
“We’ve had support from his family and our friends. Darren’s family have been great,” she added. Friends Marcell Chapman Toni Newton Nearly Satchell Chris Satchell and Carl Holt are also joining in.
A sponsor form is in reception at Malmesbury Primary Care Centre for those who want to donate.