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Kings Norton fireman prepares for charity skydive in memory of loved ones

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12 Jul 2016

Ben Price and six of his friends and family are aiming to raise over £4,000 for Bloodwise through a sponsored skydive

A fireman from Kings Norton will skydive 38,000 feet from a plane, on Friday 15 July, to raise money for blood cancer charity Bloodwise, in memory of his mother and cousin who both passed away to leukaemia.

Ben Price will be joined by six of his closest friends and family, as they embark on this exhilarating challenge at Langar Airfield, Nottingham. The 32-year-old lost his mother, Jane, to acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in 1993, and in 2011, his younger cousin, Ceri, sadly lost her battle with the same illness.

Ben says: When I was nine years old, my mum, Jane, sadly died of leukaemia. My mum was only 38 and left behind two little children and a husband, but as a family we pulled together and carried on. Then a few years ago, my younger cousin died, again of leukaemia and the complications it brought. Ceri was only 23 and her death devastated our family all over again’

‘After Ceri’s death, I decided something had to be done and set about fundraising for amazing charities who are trying to beat this horrible disease. I’ve shaken buckets on cold winter nights, put on community car wash’s and taken part in half marathons dressed up to the nines. I’ve even run in a human hamster wheel with my firemen colleagues in a 48 hour non-stop relay!’

This summer, Ben and his team of fundraisers are taking to skies and are hoping to raise over £4,000 for Bloodwise.

Ben continues: “I decided to organise the skydive this year as it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I knew would it would appeal to my friends and family. I chose Bloodwise as they are a really well-rounded charity - they offer support to patients, fund research into clinical trials and have really helped in the battle against leukaemia for the last 55 years!”

Louise Dawson, Regional Fundraising Co-ordinator for Bloodwise (Midlands) says: ‘We are hugely grateful to Ben and his fundraising team - Nick Devlin, Hayley Adams, Katie Davidson, Paul Workman, Adam Joyce and Ian Smith - for taking on this fantastic challenge and raising money to help us beat all 137 different types of blood cancer. We would like to say a massive thank you to Ben for his hard work and dedication and wish all the team the very best of luck with the skydive!”

If you would like to sponsor Ben and the skydiving team, please visit www.justgiving.com/teams/thebloodwiseskydive