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Keighley's Andrea really jumps to it!
11:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Keighley
A Keighley mum who completed a parachute jump to raise money for heart research has described her experience as “fantastic”.
Andrea Shaw expects her skydive last weekend to raise more than £1,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
She took the plunge because she wanted to support the charity after losing several family members to heart problems.
Mrs Shaw’s grandad, Brian Scott, who lived in Ingrow, died after a heart attack in January last year at the age of 71.
Her great-uncle, William Hagan, died in 2007 soon after having surgery for a heart aneurysm, and two years later his wife, Ruby, fell victim to a heart attack.
Mrs Shaw, of Glenhurst Avenue, who has two young sons, Harrison and Stanley, looked on the British Heart Foundation website in search of a fundraising opportunity.
This led to her taking a tandem leap from an aircraft flying at 12,000 feet over Lancaster airfield on Sunday.
Mrs Shaw said: “It was absolutely amazing – it was scary, but the excitement took over. You feel as light as a feather but you’re travelling at 120 miles an hour. You struggle to breathe because you’re going so fast.”
Visit justgiving.com/andie-shaw-skydive to support Mrs Shaw’s fundraising.