A-ZOO NURSERY STAFF
TAKE TO THE SKIES FOR CHARITY
A-ZOO NURSERY STAFF TAKE TO THE SKIES FOR CHARITY
Staff at Blackpool Zoo’s A-Zoo Nursery took part in a hair-raising reverse bungee jump to raise money for The Christie Hospital in Manchester. Seven nursery nurses raised more than £1100 for the hospital after a close friend of one of them underwent treatment for cancer for the second time earlier this year.
Nursery nurse Hayley Dillingham and colleagues Katie Molloy, Lucy Gill, Rachel Forward, Heather Ramsden, Janine Dagger and Sarah Hill each took their turn at being shot more than 200ft into the air in less than 1.4 seconds to complete the challenge at the Crown Carvery pub on Devonshire Road.
Hayley helped to organise the event after her friend Kimberley Rossall, aged 20, was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a malignant round cell tumour, when she was 18 and although her first course of treatment was successful the disease was found to have returned this year.
After finishing her second round of treatment at The Christie her most recent scan has showed no obvious tumours and she has returned to university in Leeds where she is studying to be a nurse. She returned to Blackpool to see her friend take part in the event.
Hayley said: “Kimberley is a very close friend of mine and the treatment and care she received at the Christie was absolutely fantastic. “We all wanted to do something to raise money the hospital for various personal reasons and when we heard about the reverse bungee jump we knew we had found the perfect way to generate funds for such a worthy cause.
“We were relieved when it was over and felt a great sense of satisfaction. Kimberley being there made it even more special.” Staff at the nursery take part in several fundraising campaigns throughout the year. Earlier this year they donated goodies to two local animal sanctuaries and raised more than £145 for Children In Need.
photograph of Hayley Dillingham and Kimberley Rossall