The son and grandsons of a dedicated hospice supporter - ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ - have raised £3,000 and counting after stepping in to take her place in a charity skydive.
Sheila Brown, 80, was due to take on the daredevil challenge in 2012 in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) but had to pull out due to health issues.
To her delight, her son Stuart, aged 59, and grandsons Daniel, 28; Jamie, 25; Nick, 25; Luke , 22; and Sam, 20, offered to take the plunge instead.
She witnessed them complete the challenge last month at Beccles Airfield and they turned up with ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ across their t-shirts.
The fund-raiser said they have so far raised £3,000 but joked about being a bit ‘envious’. “I really wanted to do it,” she said. “If they had of said to me there and then ‘you could do it’ then I would have done.”
“It was a great day - a lot of the family went and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.”
She added that she was ‘so proud’ of her son and grandsons , who were ‘not in the least bit nervous’.
Mrs Brown, who was a nurse at Ipswich Hospital and looked after disabled children in Singapore, has fund-raised for EACH for nine years.
She also did charity work and volunteered on the ward at St Nicholas Hospice Care for 25 years. In that time, she and her family have helped raise about £300,000 for the charities through a variety of activities.
Hannah Walker, EACH Suffolk fund-raiser, said: “The amount of dedication Sheila has shown to EACH over her many years of fund-raising is tremendous and we are thrilled her family are continuing to support us.”
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