Mum fights fear to help give hope

Gill Ashton
Gill Ashton
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BRAVE Gill Ashton isn’t letting a fear of heights get in the way of thanking the hospital where she received treatment for cancer – she’s preparing to fall 12,000 feet from the sky.

Twenty seven year old Gill, from Whaley Bridge, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer just before Christmas and has been undergoing radiotherapy at the Christie Hospital in Manchester ever since.

She has now finished her treatment at Christie’s and will need to return there for a scan in eight months time to see if any traces of the disease are left.

But thankfully the cancer was caught early and Gill’s prognosis is excellent.

Now to show her gratitude for the care she received at Christie’s, Gill is preparing to face her ultimate fear and jump from a plane at 12,000 feet in a tandem skydive to raise money for the hospital.

Gill, of George Street said: “I wanted to do something for Christie’s because I know a lot of people who have had treatment there and I think it is a wonderful place. I wanted to do something different, rather than having a coffee morning or something like that. I wanted to do something that is challenging for myself and this is the ultimate thing for me because I’m absolutely scared to death of heights.”

Gill’s tandem skydive will take place in Lancaster on Sunday, June 10 when she will be supported by her mum and two sons Sam, three, and Jack, two.

*To sponsor her, visit www.bmycharity.com/gillashton1984.