Grandmother jumps out of a plane to buy life saving equipment for Whittlesey in memory of her dad

Shelley Walton and her dad. Shelley did a parachute jump for Defibrillators for Alll, Whittlesey

Shelley Walton and her dad. Shelley did a parachute jump for Defibrillators for Alll, Whittlesey - Credit: Archant

A grandmother jumped out of a plane to raise money for the Defibrillators For All in Whittlesey.

Shelley Walton gets ready to jump for Defibrillators for All in Whittlesey

Shelley Walton gets ready to jump for Defibrillators for All in Whittlesey - Credit: Archant

Shelley Walton, 43, from Walpole Marsh, braved the event at the London skydiving centre in Wimblington after it was postponed three times due to weather.

Shelley said “Last year I lost my dad William Scowen to cancer at the age of 55. Dad was kind and gentle with a very bubbly personality, he was always thinking of others.

“He often talked about Defibrillators For All and how defibrillators could help people in their time of need.

“One of the conversations I had with my dad, was about me doing a kydive to raise funds but sadly I never had the chance to do this before he passed away.

Shelley Watson presented the defbrillator

Shelley Watson presented the defbrillator - Credit: Archant


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“I did my skydive in memory of my dad.”

Shelley raised £840 which was enough to buy another life saving defibrillator to be placed in a public area.

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Shelley handed over the defibrillator to Deborah Slator and Alan Sharkey from Defibrilators For All.

Deborah Slator chairperson of the charity said: “We rely heavily on the goodwill and support from the people in the community, this is an amazing effort from Shelley and has ensured another defibrillator can be put out. Thank you does not seem enough.”

Shelley said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone that sponsored me. I was a bag of nerves, actually I think my stomach is still up there! But it was all for a good cause and Hopefully I’ve done my dad proud.

“Ps - I’m never doing it again!”

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