Brave Brierley Hill mum to take to the skies for charity tribute

First published in Black Country News

COURAGEOUS Brierley Hill mum of four Tracey Edwards will take to the sky this weekend as a touching tribute to her own mother who died last December.

It was almost 18 years ago that Gaye Evans defied the odds to complete a charity sky dive despite suffering from Crohn’s Disease.

Gaye’s daring feat helped raise much-needed money for Crohns and Colitis UK.

Now her daughter Tracey plans to do exactly the same.

Tracey said: “I was 12 years old when I watched my mum skydive. When she passed away, I wanted to do something having watched my mum suffer with Crohns and all that goes with it.

“It was a snap decision to do the skydive. I suddenly thought of it and went ahead and booked it. I just thought, I’m doing it.”

Tracey will travel to Whitchurch, Shropshire, to complete the skydive and has been busy raising sponsorship, from which she will donate money to Crohns and Colitis UK and the British Heart Foundation.

Like her mum, Tracey held a charity night at Stourbridge’s River Rooms prior to the skydive - raising close to £700 for her chosen charities.

Tracey, who will perform her skydive in tandem with an instructor, said: “I could have done the skydive on my own, but I would have been required to make several jumps prior to that.

“Instead, I will have half an hour’s training preparation and then take the plunge.

“I’m really looking forward to it at the moment, but I don’t know if I’ll feel the same when the time comes to jump.

“I think I might look up and say to mum, look what you’ve made me do.”

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