Vale man's skydive raises thousands for cancer charities - The Evesham Observer

Vale man's skydive raises thousands for cancer charities

A PINVIN singer took to the skies for a leap of faith to raise more than £8,000 for cancer charities.

Eddie Howell, a singer with the Pershore-based Vale Harmony barbershop chorus, raised £8,300 following a tandem skydive from 10,000 feet at Wanborough airfield near Swindon.

The 81-year-old took the plunge to raise money in memory of his eldest daughter Cherry, who died 21 months ago aged 56.

His efforts will see the cash split between St Richard’s Hospice and Cancer Research UK.

Eddie’s total was given a major boost by his 99-year old uncle, Charles Howell, who lives near the airfield in Swindon and donated £5,000.

“My uncle said he envied my courage. I am very lucky to have had such tremendous support from all my family and friends,” said Eddie.

“It was the best experience of my life, and one which could not possibly be equalled”

Eddie is keeping his online giving page open until next December and hopes to boost his total with a fund-raising concert at Evesham Arts Centre in June.

Striving to reach £10,000, he’ll be staging two performances of ‘Ahoy’, a musical story based on the raising of the Mary Rose.

Visit www.virginmoney to make a donation.

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