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Sunday, 03 May 2015

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Jackie reaches new heights

A WHITEHAVEN woman has completed a skydive, after losing five stones, to raise money for Give Us A Break.

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Jackie Blacklock: Completed the skydive

Jackie Blacklock wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday in style and decided to take part in a tandem skydive, with the added benefit of stacking up the cash for the charity at the same time.

Jackie, from Hillcrest, Whitehaven, said: “It was amazing, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do it, but I did and I loved it.

“The support we’ve had from everyone has been brilliant and we’re hoping to surpass our target of £2000.”

Jackie is a director of the charity which is aiming to raise £1m to build a short break centre in West Cumbria for disabled children, and she knows firsthand just how much local families need the facility as her twin step-grandsons, Callan and Ethan, are both disabled.

Jackie completed the skydive with sister Anne Wooley and friend Alex Mcdonald at Carc airfield, near Flookburgh.

The Give Us A Break group want to purchase 10 acres of land in the area to build the centre and are appealing for any landowners who can donate a suitable site to contact them.

“We want polytunnels, duck ponds and chickens laying eggs to be able to give the children a little bit of independence and accomplishment,” explained Jackie.

They need £1.3m to complete the work and have around £160,000 so far. Thousands of pounds more has been pledged, as well as a mini-bus, but this money can only be used once the land is acquired.

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