Otley worker takes a big leap in tribute fundraiser for beloved great grandma

Wharfedale Observer: Tom Featherstone with his great grandma Jean Lee and his nephew Charlie, who was Jean's first and only great great grandson. Jean died in 2012 after suffering from dementia. Tom Featherstone with his great grandma Jean Lee and his nephew Charlie, who was Jean's first and only great great grandson. Jean died in 2012 after suffering from dementia.

A loving great-grandson is completing a skydive in May to raise money for a charity close to his heart.

Tom Featherstone, who lives in Otley and works in the town’s Sainsbury’s, will throw himself out of a plane to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, in memory of his “inspirational” great-grandma Jean Lee, who was born and raised in Otley and lived in Weston Lane until she had to be moved into a care home due to dementia.

The charity tandem skydive will take place on Sunday, May 18, in Bridlington and Tom will be jumping from 10,000 feet.

Tom said: “I’m doing this to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, which is a charity very close to my heart. My great-grandma Jean had dementia and it eventually led to her being put into a care home.

“As a family we watched her slow deterioration and she eventually succumbed to the disease in August 2012.

“The disease is horrific and unrelenting, but my great-grandma, even though she had no idea what was wrong with her, always kept smiling. You could tell she knew she was poorly, and her devastation at being put into a home nearly destroyed us.

“She was an inspirational lady and I miss her terribly, and I hope raising money for this fantastic charity will help towards better and faster diagnosis, treatment and ultimately a cure for this horrible condition which affects not just the sufferer but all of the loved ones around them.”

To sponsor Tom text TOMF90 £amount to 70070. (So to donate £5 you would text TOMF90 £5) and the amount will be taken from your credit or added to your phone bill if you pay monthly or go to his JustGiving page at justgiving.com/TomFev.

For all offline donations, people can go to the customer service desk at Sainsbury’s in Otley.

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