Newham mother and son’s skydive for cancer charity

Rosalind Butler taking part in the skydive

Rosalind Butler taking part in the skydive - Credit: Jack Petchey Foundation

What did you do during the summer holidays?

Rhys Butler with Jack Petchey

Rhys Butler with Jack Petchey - Credit: Jack Petchey Foundation

For 16-year-old Rhys Butler, it involved jumping out of a plane.

The St Bonaventure’s student took part in a skydive to mark the 15th anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation and raise £480 for Children with Cancer.

He said: “I chose to raise money for Children With Cancer because someone in my family was diagnosed with cancer and I know the pain it can cause.

“I want to help children with cancer and their families through their ordeal.”

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Rhys and his mum Rosalind, who also took part in the skydive, raised the money by organising activities including cake and car boot sales.

They then took part in a tandem jump with a qualified instructor at the North London Skydiving Centre at Chatteris Airfield, Cambridgeshire.

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Jack Petchey, founder of the Jack Petchey Foundation, said: “Congratulations to the young people on competing the sky dive.

“Each of them should be extremely proud of their fundraising efforts and I hope they enjoyed the day.”

The foundation has supported nearly five million young people through a wide range of programmes since it was established in 1999.

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