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TWO colleagues at a leading accountancy firm will be taking to the skies to raise funds for a charity that’s been saving lives across the North West.

Trainee accountants Catherine Steur and Becky Cronin – who work at Ulverston-based JF Hornby & Co. – are doing their first skydive in September. They have already raised nearly £1,000 for the North West Air Ambulance after the organisation saw a 10% spike in callouts this year.

The charity has already received 144 callouts in Cumbria since last August.

Catherine and Becky were keen to give back to the NWAA as a way of saying thank you for saving lives during an incredibly difficult year and protecting the Lake District.

They added that any donations would be greatly appreciated as the countdown officially begins to their skydiving challenge on September 11.

“Doing a skydive is something I’ve always wanted to do and it’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Catherine.

“I’m not sure I would have ever signed up to do the challenge were it not for how the past year has gone.

“We want to say thank you to everyone who has donated so far. It means a lot and we are very excited to find out how much we can raise for the charity. It’s for such an important cause and one that ourselves, our families or friends may one day rely on.”

Catherine’s colleague Becky also agreed to take on the challenge and added the Coronavirus pandemic had taught her not to take things in life for granted.

In their free time the pair are keen fell walkers and are attempting to complete all of Alfred Wainwright’s 214 fells. And, since spending more time in the heart of the Lake District they’ve learned to understand how dangerous the great outdoors can be on occasion.

Becky said: “I think I took a lot of things for granted before the pandemic happened and even though I am nervous to do the skydive, I keep reminding myself that I am grateful we can throw ourselves into new opportunities again.

“Being out in the fells is something we’ve definitely taken for granted. And even though the Lake District is an incredibly beautiful place it doesn’t come without its dangers and that’s why we wanted to raise funds for the North West Air Ambulance who have been so busy.”

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