Exmouth sister of ‘Stanno’ skydives in brother’s memory
An Exmouth woman has taken part in a sky-dive challenge to raise funds for a charity set up in her Exeter City footballer brother’s name.
Exeter City striker, Adam Stansfield, known to fans as ‘Stanno’, died in August 2010 after a short battle with bowel cancer.
Adam’s sister, Andrea Hayes, 39, recently plummeted 15,000 feet from an aeroplane to raise much-needed funds for The Adam Stansfield Foundation - a charity which raises awareness of bowel cancer and also gives grants and helps with facilities so children under 16 can play football.
Andrea, who raised almost �600 for the cause, said her skydive, from Dunkeswell, was a ‘fantastic experience’.
She was accompanied by Exeter City official photographer Keith Stone and avid city fan, Daniel Short.
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Andrea has also set her sights on running the Cardiff half-marathon on October 16.
She said: “We want to help keep children playing football and keep Adam’s name alive. We help young football teams under 16, which are struggling with grants for equipment and kits. Also, children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds can apply for grants and we would look into their circumstances and help if we can.
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“It was a total shock when Adam died. He was young, fit and healthy and you associate bowel cancer with drinking and smoking - things he didn’t do.
“The foundation is absolutely fantastic. People wanted to do something after Adam passed away, but didn’t know how, and that’s how it came about.”
Dad-of-three Adam had been suffering from abdominal pains and died just four months after he was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
The Tiverton-born former Yeovil and Hereford player scored seven goals in 19 appearances for Exeter in one season.
To learn more about the foundation, or to sponsor Andrea’s Jump 4 Stanno, visit: www.adamstansfieldfoundation.com