Young woman raises more than £5K through skydive to thank CancerCare

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Mum with cancer praises caring daughter

A brave young woman did a sky dive and raised £5,630.27 to say ‘thank you’ to CancerCare for support she has received.

Georgina Bradshaw, 20, from Cockerham near Lancaster, whose mum Jean, 59, has cancer, said she was hugely grateful for the help CancerCare has been giving her in recent months.

Georgina said: “I wanted to raise some money to show how much I appreciated the help I’ve had.

“I was told I’d need to raise at least £350 to do the sky dive and I thought I wasn’t going to be able to raise that much.

“After four hours of putting it on social media I had raised £1,000. I had a lot of shares on Facebook.

“I was crying – I couldn’t get over how generous people were.”

Georgina, a former pupil of Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy who is studying for an Engineering degree with Lancaster University at Bispham, lives with her mum (pictured above) and her brothers Scott, 25, and Jonny, 26. She comes from a farming family and has been a member of Winmarleigh Young Farmers for six years.

Georgina said: “My mum was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. She had two operations and almost six months of chemo then was in remission for nine months. Then the cancer came back. It had spread to other parts of her body.

“After looking at all of her options she has decided not to have any further treatment. Quality of life is more important now. She has been to lots of different countries and is doing things she always wanted to do. I’m so glad she is doing that.”

Georgina has been receiving counselling at CancerCare to help her with the emotional impact of her mum’s illness.

She said: “Everyone is so nice at CancerCare. My counsellor has helped me a lot and I look forward to going there.”

Jean and other supporters (pictured above) watched Georgina do the sky dive at the Black Knights Parachute Centre at Cockerham in September: “It was amazing,” said Georgina.

“I was sitting on the edge of the plane at 15,000ft and I wasn’t scared at all. I’d definitely do it again.”

Jean said: “I’m really proud that Georgina wanted to do the sky dive.

“It was a wonderful day. I couldn’t see her at first and then we saw her parachute which had the French flag on it. I could hear her going ‘whee!’ all the way down.

“She’s a gorgeous young lady and she is so loved.”

Georgina added that her brothers and her dad John, 60, were very proud of her as well.

Anna Webster (pictured below), Fundraising Team Coordinator for CancerCare, said: “What Georgina has done is such an achievement and it is such a lot of money.

“It’s phenomenal. It will help so many people; people like Georgina and her family.

“It means the world that Georgina has done this. We are so proud of her.”

Donations can still be made to Georgina’s fund at:

If you would like to find out more about CancerCare’s free support services or to find out about fundraising opportunities, please go to


Photo captions:
Georgina Bradshaw with her mum Jean.
Georgina doing the skydive for CancerCare

Notes for editors:
CancerCare is an independent charity dedicated to helping families affected by cancer and other life limiting conditions in North Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Delivered by qualified and highly experienced staff, CancerCare’s wide range of free professional therapy services are designed to help individuals and their families come to terms with and manage the challenges of a serious health condition.
Therapies include counselling, hypnotherapy, the Alexander Technique, aromatherapy massage, group activities, support groups and a Children and Young People’s Service.
With 35 years of experience, CancerCare has helped more than 30,000 local people affected by cancer and other potentially life-limiting conditions. The charity has three dedicated centres based in Kendal, Barrow and Lancaster.
For further information please contact Ingrid Kent, Marketing and Communications Officer, CancerCare, Slynedales, Slyne Road, Lancaster, LA2 6ST
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Tel: 01524 381 820
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