A GRANDMOTHER has bought herself a skydive jump for her 81st birthday to raise money for life saving scanners, 30 years after first jumping out of a plane.
Doris Clements and her son Robert completed a parachute jump in 1983, and had their photo printed in The Gazette, to raise money for the first state-of-the-art scanners, which allowed the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre to provide early accurate diagnosis of cancer when it opened in 1985.
Now Mrs Clements, who lives in Eastcote Road, Ruislip, has decided once again to jump out of a plane for the charity in Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, that relies on fundraising donations.
On May 31, the daredevil 80-year-old will complete her skydive at Hinton Airfield, in Brackley, Northants.
“I had thought some time back about doing another jump,” Mrs Clements said. “I thought that I might be too old, but I had been hearing recently that the Scanner Centre were trying to raise money for this new scanner. I thought ‘I must help out’.”
Mrs Clements regularly takes on walks and physical challenges to raise money for local charities, as well as fundraising with the Ruislip Lions.
She recently had a shoulder operation and had to have three different scans before her surgery. “I realise they are essential now for every operation, even if you don’t need surgery,” she said.
Grandaughters Hannah and Elise did not fancy joining their nan in jumping out of a plane, but Mrs Clements wanted to do something that would get people donating, and is paying for it as a birthday present to herself ahead of her birthday in June.
“It means every penny I raise will go straight to the scanner centre,” Mrs Clements said.
Rina Rawal, fundraising manager at the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, said: “Scanners cost upwards of £1m each and have to be replaced every three to five years. Without the support of individuals like Doris, we wouldn’t be able to help so many patients.
“Doris helped with our inaugural scanner appeal and the local community rallied around to make things happen.
“This sort of fundraising means saving lives, it’s that simple.”
The funds raised by Mrs Clements will allow the centre to buy scanners that other organisations do not have and be the first to use them clinically to develop new, groundbreaking imaging techniques.
To sponsor Doris and raise money for The Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, contact her on 01895 672 442. Alternatively, call the scanner centre directly on 01923 844290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
? Visit www.stricklandscanner.org.uk to find out more.