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Addingham's Moira Finlayson, 18, overcomes fear of flying for mum
A devoted daughter overcame her fear of flying to complete a skydive to raise money for a mouth cancer charity and celebrate her own mum being given the all clear from the disease.
Moira Finlayson, 18, of Addingham, did the jump from the UK north London skydiving centre in Cambridge on September 14 – five years on from her mother Leah Finlayson, 48, being treated for mouth cancer.
Moira, who is studying at Bradford College to be a primary school teacher, has so far raised £2,500 for the Michelle Fuller Head and Neck Research Fund, which was set up following the death of young mum Michelle Fuller who was diagnosed with an oral cavity cancer aged just 32.
The fund supports head and neck cancer research in Bradford Teaching Hospitals, where Mrs Finlayson was treated by Jim McCaul, consultant maxillofacial/head and neck surgeon.
Moira has reached that total thanks to the help of sponsors including Bradford Bulls, Jefferson Buckley Hair Salon, Acorn Villas Dental Practice and Abbeydale Residential Home.
She said: “Mouth cancer teams across the country do wonderful jobs of saving lives, as they did with my mum, and this money could go to the latest technology.”
She added: “The skydive was amazing. I was shaking slightly before getting in the plane, but as soon as I was in the plane the adrenaline kicked it and I couldn’t wait to experience such a thrill.
“Once I got to the plane door just before jumping I looked down and did not quite realize how far up 13,000 feet really was! I was so excited by this point.
“The free fall was the best adrenaline rush I have ever experienced and would definitely recommend it to anyone. During the free fall I reached speeds up to 150mph.
“Once the parachute opened I looked around and could see for miles. I hope I can do another jump sometime and would like to say thank you to everyone who has sponsored me and I hope I have helped contribute to the Michelle Fuller Trust.”