Widow Takes On Big Jump in Tribute to Late Husband

Anne Lloyd, from Llay in Wrexham, has taken to the skies for an adrenaline-fueled charity challenge to raise vital funds for local research.

Anne Lloyd, from Llay in Wrexham, has taken to the skies for an adrenaline-fueled charity challenge to raise vital funds for local charity North West Cancer Research.

Anne, 68, who has supported the Charity since her husband’s passing in 2005, originally decided to take on the challenge after noticing the date of The Big Jump Skydive was on what would have been her late husband, Rob’s, 69th birthday.

Since announcing her fundraising effort on her Facebook page, support has flooded in from family and friends for Anne, who has managed to raise a staggering £2,800 for the Charity.

Anne joined a group of fellow charity skydivers, travelling Cockherham, Lancashire to soar to the dizzying heights of 15,000ft for her jump. Anne said of the experience:

“What an absolutely great day the skydive was. I couldn’t believe how lucky we were with the weather and I felt at ease the moment I met my professional skydiver, Lee.

“From start to finish my experience has been filled with lovely surprises and coincidences. As well as being set on Rob’s birthday, a friend of mine happened to have a blue butterfly broach, like that of the Charity logo, that she gave me to wear and then after the jump the first song on the radio was Proud (by Heather Small).

“It’s almost as if Rob was there, looking down on me through it all. I’ve got a fair idea of what he would be saying – ‘Wife, you must be mad!’”

A self-confessed thrill seeker, Anne had recently taken on the famous Velocity Zip Wire in Snowdonia as well as climbed Mount Snowdon, but decided to up the stakes to 15,000ft to fundraise for cancer research, a cause close to her heart.

“Research is very important to me. My youngest sister was given a new chemotherapy treatment after a mastectomy in 2000 and has been cancer free since. Research is helping more treatments to be found and saving more lives.”

“I’m extremely proud of my wonderful family and friends who have sponsored me to do this skydive and raise such an amazing amount for a wonderful cause.”

North West Cancer Research is the leading cancer charity for the North West and North Wales, with research taking place at Bangor University.

Having funded over £40 million worth of research since 2000, the Charity has supported hundreds of local clinicians, doctors and students in their research.

Anne is still fundraising for North West Cancer Research, you can support her at http://bit.ly/Anneskydive