HER nan was brave to the end, and so were those looking after her.
That’s why Fleetwood 17-year-old Lauren Scott has decided to plunge herself out of an aeroplane for a parachute jump in tribute to the bravery of her nan who died from cancer.
Lauren lost her dear nan Maureen Scott when she was just 10 years old. They were more like best friends and the cancer she was struck with was very aggressive and took her life very quickly.
In the short space of time she had left, she was cared for in her own home by nurses from the Macmillan Trust who made sure her final days were as easy to bear as possible.
Lauren still misses her nan greatly and she wanted to do something brave in her memory.
Lauren, of Hazeldene Road, said: “I just want to do something and to raise money for the Macmillan Trust which desperately relies on charitable donations.
“After my nan was diagnosed, she went down very quickly. The Macmillan Nurses were amazing. They sorted out a bed for her at home, the medicines she needed and looked after her every need.
“I still miss her like mad but those nurses were amazing, special people who did everything they could to help her in her final days.”
Lauren, who is studying for a qualification in public services to help her join the fire brigade, is really looking forward to the parachute jump which she plans to do in March.
She’ll do it under the expert guidance of the Black Knights Parachute team, based in Cockerham and will plummet 15,000ft from a plane.
“I am really looking forward to it. I’m a bit nervous, but I can’t wait. I wanted to do something brave cause my nan was brave,” she said.
The former pupil of Cardinal Allen RC High School and St Wulstan’s and St Edmund’s RC Primary School is busy handing out sponsor forms. She hopes to raise £1,000 and is doing all she can to top the amount.
Lauren has rallied her friends and family and colleagues from her workplace, LP4 at Freeport, to help dish out the sponsor forms.
“The charity really needs it, without people donating, it couldn’t function,” she added.
Some of the money she raises will also go to Trinity Hospice.
If you would like to sponsor Lauren pop into the LP4 cafe at Freeport.
Additionally, she is preparing to set up a Facebook fund-raising page shortly.