Family jumping to raise cash in Alice’s memory

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THE family of a teenage cancer victim are making a parachute jump on her birthday to raise money for a charity she supported.

Sonia Mann and her sons George Bullock, 18, and Harry Bullock, 16, will make the jump at Cambridge on September 2, which would have been Alice Bullock’s 21st birthday.

The Beyton teenager died in 2008 aged 18, two-and-a-half years after being diagnosed with the soft tissue cancer rhabdomyosarcoma. She supported the charity Teenage Cancer Trust which aims to build hospital cancer units for teenagers.

Sonia said: “Teenagers in hospitals either go to the children’s unit or with the adults. They don’t think of themselves as children, but they don’t want to be mixed with 80-year-olds.”

The trust is building a unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital where Alice was treated.

Sonia has supported the charity since Alice died and said: “I’ve been thinking about doing a jump for a very long time. When my daughter was ill we talked about doing one. Then I had a letter from the Teenage Cancer Trust asking me to do a jump and I thought that was fate.”

Alice’s brothers will be joining their mother on the tandem jump, where they are each strapped to an experienced parachutist, while other family members plan to cheer them on from the ground.

In 2009 Sonia trekked the Inca trail in Peru and raised £10,000 for the trust. “I don’t think we’ll get that much this time,” she said. “You’re basically asking the same people for money, but if we could get a few companies interested, we might do better. Our target is £3,000.”

They are also planning a fund raising disco in Woolpit in October.

To sponsor the trio visit www.justgiving.com/Sonia-Mann