Alana faces her fears as fundraising efforts soar
A Cotton mother who faced her fears in a skydive earlier this month has thanked those who have supported her “crazy adventure” after £1,600 was raised.
Alana Gudge, 32, a full-time employee at Vince’s Road-based technology solutions firm Midwich, took part in a tandem skydive in Peterborough on September 5.
Confessing she is scared of flying and heights, her aim was to not only raise funds for Ovarian Cancer Action, but awareness of the disease which has plagued generations of her family.
She told the Diss Express last month her mother, Jennifer Parmenter, who was diagnosed with the disease two-and-a-half years ago, will be the seventh generation family member to die from either ovarian or breast cancer.
Mrs Gudge said she slept only a few hours in the nights leading up to her challenge, but said she was “overwhelmed” by the support of the local community.
“The skydive was amazing and I would recommend the experience to everyone,” she said.
“As for nerves, I only managed about five hours sleep over Friday and Saturday evenings.
“I burst in to tears a couple of minutes after the plane took off but my instructor was fantastic by reassuring me all the way and even holding my hands.
“I have been overwhelmed by the support both financially and from messages and kind words from everyone.
“I can not believe how many people who supported me have been affected by Ovarian cancer one way or another.”
Mrs Gudge added she has been invited to visit the Ovarian Cancer Research Centre, located on the campus of Hammersmith Hospital in London, following her fundraising efforts over the years
It is the only dedicated research centre for ovarian cancer in the UK.
“This is a real honour to be invited to the centre,” she said.
“I am looking forward to meeting the team and finding out and seeing first hand the research they do.
“My mum and sisters will also be joining me so it will be a great experience for us all.”
While Mrs Gudge conceded she would be taking some time off from fundraising, she said for her birthday next year instead of receiving presents, she would ask for further donations to the charity.
To sponsor Alana, visit www.justgiving.com/alanagudge
For more information on Ovarian Cancer Action, visit www.ovarian.org.uk
n Watch Alana’s Skydive online — visit www.dissexpress.co.uk