Linda and Amanda to face their fears in charity skydive

14:58 28 August 2014

Linda Hockings and her daughter Amanda Hockings-Cooke will be making a 15,000 feet skydive in September to raise money for Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 2820-34-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Linda Hockings and her daughter Amanda Hockings-Cooke will be making a 15,000 feet skydive in September to raise money for Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 2820-34-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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An Exmouth mother and daughter are preparing to throw themselves out of a plane for charity – despite being terrified of heights and flying!

Linda Hockings, 70, and Amanda Hockings-Cooke, 44, both of The Hollows, are taking on the challenge to raise money for Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare.

Their enthusiasm for the charity – which has helped many people close to them – is perhaps only matched by their terror at the thought of falling from the sky.

Linda, who jokes that she has just made it up to the sixth stair of her staircase at home, said: “Both of us are a couple of scaredy-cats. We don’t like flying, we don’t like heights. I have flown before, but absolutely hate it.

“I don’t like going up in the plane, never mind jumping out of it.”

Linda and Amanda have been inspired to overcome their fears by what Hospiscare has done for many family and friends, and in particular by good friend Ian Nicholson, who died in March this year.

Linda said: “He was so brave. Hospiscare were right there for him, and now for his wife they are still there, and I thought I have got to do something to help, because it’s a cause we can’t do without.

“I think if he can be brave like he was, it’s a bit of a bad job if I can’t do a skydive.

“If I even think about doing it my stomach turns over, but I’m doing it no matter what.”

Linda says she and her daughter, who take the plunge on September 21, are hoping to raise at least £1,000 to £2,000 pounds for the charity.

All you have to do to sponsor them is either pop into the Exmouth branch of TSB and pick up a form from the bank’s community wall, or visit www.justgiving.com/Amanda-Hockings-Cooke1.

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