Family skydive for Alice’s 21st

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A MOTHER has overcome her fear of heights to jump out of a plane in memory of her daughter who died of cancer at the age of 18.

Sonia Mann, with sons George, 18, and Harry Bullock, 16, took part in the sponsored skydive on September 2, which would have been Alice Bullock’s 21st birthday.

Alice was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma when she was just 16. The brave teenager, from Beyton fought the disease for two years but died on November 27 2008.

Sonia said she felt her daughter was with her as she fell back to earth.

She said: “The skydive was in my daughter’s wish list when she passed away – when I lost her I wanted to finish her list for her. If it were not for Alice I would never have done something so mad, she gave me the inspiration to go through with it.”

Sonia and her sons have already raised a masive £2,500 from the skydive for the Teenage Cancer Trust. The money will go towards building a new Teenage Cancer Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Sonia said it was a nervewracking challenge but was one of the best experiences of her life.

She said: “We had a 10 hour wait before we got to do the dive so we had plenty of time to get nervous.

“But as it was the end of the day we got to do it as the sun was setting – it was absolutely beatutiful.”

To sponsor Sonia, George and Harry visit