Myton Hospice staff jumping in memory of husband

Two Rugby Nurses, Helen Siddaway and Faye Sawko, prepare to raise funds for charity by doing a skydive.
Two Rugby Nurses, Helen Siddaway and Faye Sawko, prepare to raise funds for charity by doing a skydive.

A NURSE is jumping 13,000 feet in memory of her husband to raise money for terminally ill patients in the Rugby area.

Helen Siddaway will be joined by her friend Faye Sawko, also a Myton at Home nurse, for the charity skydive in October.

The pair are based at the charity’s Rugby Day Hospice in Barby Road.

Helen said: “I decided to do the Myton Challenge to raise money for the hospice and to jump in memory of my husband Mark.

“He died at Warwick Myton Hospice 14 years ago. I would also like to jump for the patients we have cared for.”

She said the skydive, a tandem jump which takes place at Brackley Airfield, is something she has wanted to do for a long time.

“I am quite apprehensive about it,” she added.

“Who in their right mind would choose to jump out of a perfectly good place? I have set a goal of £1,500 as my jump from 13,000 feet has to be worthwhile. I am at an age where I have had to have my GP’s consent to do this - not to mention my boss’s!”

Faye will be facing her fear of heights by taking part in the jump which will include around a minute of freefalling.

“I’m petrified of heights and haven’t even been to Alton Towers so it’s a really big deal for me to do this.”

She said she would like to raise around £1,000 from the stunt on October 20.

Faye added: “I’m not going to get pushed out of a plane for anything less!”

The nurses can be sponsored at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HelenSiddaway and uk.virginmoneygiving.com/FayeSawko