Rushmere St Andrew: Teen prepares to jump from plane in aid of hospital

Jack Parker with his mum, Karen.

Jack Parker with his mum, Karen. - Credit: Andrew Partridge

A TEENAGER is today preparing to leap from the sky to raise funds for the hospital which treated his mum’s brain tumour.

Karen Parker, of Rushmere St Andrew, underwent six weeks of treatment at Addenbrooke’s Hospital last year.

Her son Jack, 17, said while the tumour was benign the care his mum received was first class.

And now he is ready to take on a 10,000ft skydive later this year and raise funds for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust to say a big thank you to staff.

The Kesgrave Sixth Form pupil said: “I wanted to do something for them because the treatment was very, very good for her.

“I want to raise some money to help with funding for more treatment for other people when it is needed.

“Obviously it was quite tough for everyone but we had to pull together to support mum and make her feel as comfortable as possible.”

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The family was told the tumour could not be removed because of its position but the treatment Karen received has stunted its growth and it has now slightly reduced in size.

Jack’s skydive will take place at Norwich Airfield on August 25 and he hopes to raise about £400.

He said: “I am not feeling nervous at all but I’ll probably be thinking differently when I am on the edge of the plane.

“The hospital has been absolutely brilliant and they definitely made sure she was treated well and they have helped other family members.

“They do a lot there – it’s all very good work.”

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