Six Solihull girls are Sky Diving for charity in memory of their friend Hayley Birch who succumbed to skin cancer aged 25 last September.
Hayley, a cabin crew member for Virgin Atlantic, battled with the disease and helped organise a ball for the charity last year. Unfortunately she died a week before it was held, but it raised over £30,000 to help fight against skin cancer.
Now some of her friends are undertaking a sky dive to raise more funds.
On Saturday July 17 Jennie Hawkins, Lauren Smith, Kathryn Morgan, Nicola Atkins, Sabrina Randle and Kirsty Gallacher will fly from Oxford Aerodrome and dive from 15,000 feet in tandem with an approved instructor. Hayley’s ashes will be scattered during the sky dive by her friends.
Kathryn said: “Hayley was such a fun loving girl and a great friend. We want to continue raising as much money to help fight skin cancer, to not only help others who suffer from it, but also highlight the need for protection from the sun.”
Hayley’s mum, Penny Birch said: “Hayley has some great friends and I am overwhelmed by what they are doing.”
There is also an auction for an England Twenty/20 World cup winning training top, signed by the England world cup winners.
Jennie, a cabin crew member for British Airways on the team’s return flight to the UK in May mentioned the charity sky dive to some of the England team and on arrival in the UK their tour manger Phil Neale presented Jennie with a training shirt signed by all the world cup winning team.
She said: “The England team were brilliant. I am so thankful to them.”
Anyone wishing to bid for the shirt can contact Jennie on 07972816142. There is also a Facebook group page: ‘England Twenty/20 Shirt up for auction’
If anyone wishes to donate to the charity visit www.justgiving.com/jenniehawkins.