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GVA  staff brave skydive for colleague  with rare cancer

Staff from GVA’s Liverpool office have completed a skydive to raise money for their colleague who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The skydive was the culmination of a series of fundraising events, which have seen the GVA team raise over £12,000 for Laura Wakefield.

In April 2017, Laura was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer called sarcoma and due its nature and rarity, common forms of treatment are ineffective, meaning unfortunately that amputation was the only way to stop the cancer spreading.

Alongside the skydive, various other fundraising events have taken place including including a cheese and wine evening with clients.

Jennifer Mallon, Stephen Cowperthwaite and Claire Robinson all took to the skies as part of the campaign, which was set-up to purchase the best possible prosthetic leg for Laura.

Commenting on the team’s efforts, Laura (pictured second from left) says: “To be able to support Jennifer, Claire and Steve after all they’ve done for me these past few months was amazing.

“By doing this skydive they risked their own lives to help make mine a little better and I couldn’t be more proud and grateful.

“I’m so lucky to have such incredible and courageous friends. The money they have raised will go so far and I can’t thank everybody who donated enough.”

Stephen Cowperthwaite, regional senior director and head of GVA’s Liverpool office (pictured centre), adds: “After Jennifer came up with the idea of doing a skydive, in a moment of madness myself and Claire thought it would be a great idea to join in.

“Jumping out of a plane at 10,000 ft was our way of putting our best foot forward!

“We are thrilled to have helped raise funds for Laura, whose attitude has been truly inspirational for everybody, not just in the Liverpool office, but across the GVA network.

“We’re now looking forward to welcoming Laura back to the office, and keeping ourselves grounded.”

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