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City Hospital Cancer Unit Benefits From Carlisle Woman’s Skydive

Rhona Baty, a Carlisle travel agent has taken a big leap for charity with a sponsored skydive for the city’s hospital. Rhona leapt 14,500ft from a plane above Cark Airfield and raised an amazing £650 for the oncology department at Cumberland Infirmary.

The money will go to help to fund an extension for the hospital’s chemotherapy patients.

The Lowry Hill local jumped for her Mum, Pamela Bill, 63, who was treated for cervical cancer at the infirmary in 2009.

The Thomas Cook world travel specialist said: “Mum is on her check up appointments now, so fingers crossed, touch wood and all of the above. She would spend eight hours one day every week having chemo. She would sit on a drip in a little room and there was nothing there to take her mind off things. The hospital have done their best with it. The staff are excellent, but it needs to be a bigger area. I wanted to raise money to make it nicer in the future.”

Although Rhona isn’t scared of heights, she admitted that it was a nerve wracking experience: “I was shaking, but when I came down I thought ‘I can do anything now’!”

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