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A daredevil skydive by Macmillan Lead Speech and Language Therapist Menna Payne has raised £1,969 for Macmillan Cancer Support - nearly four times the amount Menna had originally hoped to raise.


Menna who works at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital near Llantrisant had never skydived before but was determined to make the leap to raise money for the charity that supports people affected by cancer.


The plane, that took off from Swansea airport soared to 12,000 feet before Menna (who was attached to her instructor) made her exit from the small plane.


Menna, who made her daring tandem-jump watched by her young son who was on the ground said: “I was dreading the jump but once I was up in the air, I was overwhelmed by how beautiful it was up there.


“We jumped at 12,000 feet and freefell until 6,000 feet when my instructor pulled the cord.


Menna was determined that her jump would not just raise funds but awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support. Menna continued:


“I work with people affected by head and neck cancer at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Head and neck cancer can be really isolating as it can affect a person’s ability to communicate. It can also be quite a hidden disability. I really want to draw people’s attention to the work of my team and the help we can offer.”


Susan Morris, General Manager for Macmillan in Wales said: “I’d really like to thank Menna for her fundraising efforts.


“We rely on fundraisers to be able to continue to support our health and social care professionals in Wales - including posts just like Menna’s.


“Today in Wales, more than 130,000 people are living with or beyond cancer and by 2030 this number will nearly double to 250,000. This is a huge challenge and we depend on fundraising to make sure that we can continue to support people affected by cancer.”


Menna said that although she hasn’t ruled out doing another jump she was looking for other thrill-filled ways to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.


“I’m always up for a challenge. I’m a bit of an adrenaline junky! Although I’m not sure what will be next.”


If, like Menna, you are looking for thrilling ways to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support take a look at our fundraising pages on our website From trekking events to triathlons, they are loads of adrenaline-packed suggestions to raise money.


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