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GVA take to the skies to fundraise for colleague with rare cancer

Friday, 14 July 2017

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Staff from GVA's Liverpool office will take part in a skydive this summer to raise money for their colleague, Laura Wakefield, whose leg was recently amputated below the knee following the discovery of a rare cancer in her foot.

Jennifer Mallon, Stephen Cowperthwaite and Claire Robinson will make the jump as part of a fundraising campaign, which aims to purchase the best possible prosthetic leg for Laura, which can cost between £8,000 and £10,000.

Laura discovered a lump in her foot which continued to grow and it became apparent that she had an extremely rare form of cancer called sarcoma, which was finally diagnosed in April 2017.

Due to the nature of sarcoma and its rarity, common forms of treatment are unfortunately ineffective, meaning amputation was the only way to stop the cancer spreading. The operation took place in May 2017.

Laura, who has worked at the Liverpool GVA office since 2013, has documented her journey so far on her inspirational blog, Best Foot Forward.

The GVA trio taking part in the skydive are hoping to make a significant contribution to the £6,000 that has already been raised through generous donations. The company is also hosting a charity cheese and wine evening in Liverpool on the 20th July to help raise further funds.

Regional senior director and head of GVA’s Liverpool office, Stephen Cowperthwaite, said: “Laura’s love of life is truly inspirational and her positivity is infectious. So, when Jen put herself forward to do a skydive to help raise funds, Claire and I decided that we had to sign up as well.

"The three of us will be putting our 'best foot forward', over the side of a plane and we ask that people please help us in supporting Laura!"

To donate, please visit - www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jennifer-mallon

Follow Laura’s inspiring story on her blog: https://bestfootforwardlife.wordpress.com