A TEENAGER who beat kidney cancer has raised more than £1,000 for the hospital that treated her.
Shannon Spicer, from Penyffordd, raised £1,100 for Alder Hey Hospital’s oncology ward by jumping 10,000 feet from a plane.
The 17-year-old was diagnosed with Wilms’ Tumour just before her sixth birthday.
She was treated at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, having an operation to remove her kidney and undergoing bouts of chemotherapy.
Now recovered from the cancer, she decided to give something back to the doctors and nurses that helped her.
Writing on her Just Giving page, Shannon said: “While in Alder Hey I was treated with a course of chemotherapy which made me very ill, but the nurses and doctors did everything they could to make me feel better.
“This included small things such as one nurse making decorations to brighten up my room and taking time to play games and stuff with me because I was young.
“Not only did they make me feel better, they made it easier for my family by providing a bungalow just outside of the hospital as I had to stay there full time.
“It me feel better knowing my family were just around the corner and they were able to come and visit at any time.”
Shannon’s mum, Clare Owens, said the £300 cost of the skydive itself was donated by house building company Taylor Wimpey.
She said: “Taylor Wimpey were keen to help and donated the £300 Shannon needed to actually do the dive, leaving her free to focus on raising money for a cause so close to our hearts.
“We are so proud of Shannon for taking on this skydive, and for raising an amazing £1,100 for such a fantastic cause.
“We are also extremely grateful to everyone who donated and have been overwhelmed with the support we have received.”
Shannon’s family all pitched in to help with the fundraising, even holding a family fun day at The Millstone pub in Penyffordd to drum up local support for Shannon’s jump.
David Hnyda, sales manager for Taylor Wimpey North West said: “We are thrilled that we have been able to fund Shannon’s skydive and help towards her fundraising efforts.
“We are committed to helping the communities in which we build and are thrilled that Shannon has been able to raise a significant amount for such a great cause in our area.”