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York woman skydives in memory of her mother
A MOTHER-OF-TWO from York has raised more than £1,800 for the charity her mother founded by taking part in a skydive.
Heidi Goodway, of Middlethorpe Grove, off Tadcaster Road, was following in her mother Judith Buckle’s footsteps when she marked her 40th birthday by taking part in the tandem parachute jump earlier this month.
Mrs Buckle, also from York, suffered from a rare, complex and life-long condition called Behcets Syndrome, caused by disturbances in the body’s immune system, which is currently incurable.
She suffered a stroke and a range of painful symptoms such as arthritis, ulcers, and joint pain, and she also had to use a wheelchair, but she never let it deter her fundraising efforts, which included a parachute jump, and she raised more than £20,000.
In 1983, she founded the Behcets Syndrome Society, which runs a helpline, funds research, and offers financial support for patients in need. Mrs Buckle died in 1997, after she had managed to go on the trip of a lifetime to Disney World in Florida with the help of readers of The Press.
Heidi said she hoped that, by experiencing something which her mother did, she would have some closure.
She said yesterday that her jump from a plane at 10,000ft above Bridlington on a glorious day of weather had been one of the most exhilarating things she had ever done in her life.
“To know how much money I have managed to raise for my mum’s charity made it all the more satisfying,” she said.
“I am very proud to have followed in my mum’s footsteps in doing the same thing she did to raise money previously. To do it in front of my own two children, Jack and Harry, and my husband Lee, just topped off the day. I have never seen the children so excited.”
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