After successfully beating cancer in 2014, Nottingham City Transport’s Mary Cort is taking to the skies this weekend to raise funds for cancer charity Maggie’s as a thank you for its dedicated support throughout her treatment.
Mary will be taking part in a tandem skydive from 10,000 feet at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire on 2nd July to raise money for Maggie’s and it’s the first time she has taken part in such a daring challenge.
The 62-year old from Aspley, is keen to raise as much money as she can for the charity as a thank you for the fantastic support offered to her during and after her treatment from the team at the Maggie’s centre at Nottingham’s City Hospital.
“I knew I wanted to do something big to raise money for Maggie’s, so when I saw that they organised skydives, that was it, my mind was made up there and then and I had to do it. As soon as my mind is made up, I don’t look back” said Mary of her decision to take part in the skydive.
Mary has worked for Nottingham City Transport for 24 years, starting off at the Trent Bridge Garage before working at King Street Canteen and then the driver’s canteen on Angel Row where she’s currently based. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, Mary worked throughout her 6 months of chemotherapy treatment until her operation in October of the same year. She then took 6 months off work before deciding she couldn’t stay away anymore – missing her colleagues’ work banter far too much! She slowly phased herself back into work and is now part-time again at Angel Row Canteen.
Mary now feels it’s time to repay the team at Maggie’s for the priceless levels of support they offered her during her treatment in order to help her fully recover and get back into work.
“Maggie’s not only offer financial support for cancer sufferers, but also significant amounts of emotional support too. It’s simple things like a cup of tea and a cuddle when you need it the most. I missed work a lot during my time off, especially my colleagues who have been incredibly supportive” said Mary about the support she’s received.
“Everyone at Nottingham City Transport is behind Mary and we will be looking up to the skies on the 2nd July” said Anthony Carver-Smith, Marketing Manager at Nottingham City Transport. He continued, “After many years looking after the drivers of NCT, her colleagues feel it’s time to look after her and support her in this worthwhile cause and Nottingham City Transport will also be making a £500 donation to support Mary’s fundraising.”
Maggie’s is a nationwide initiative providing much-needed emotional, financial and practical support to those who are suffering with or recovering from cancer. Their team of professionals include Cancer Support Specialists, Benefits Advisors, Nutritionists and Psychologists, who are always on hand to help cancer sufferers in any way they can. The Nottingham centre, based at the City Hospital, is often described as an oasis by the people who visit, and the work they do is invaluable to a large number of cancer sufferers across the city and county.
Centre Fundraising Manager at Maggie’s Nottingham, Elizabeth Credgington said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Mary for taking part in this year’s team skydive for Maggie’s Nottingham. The funds raised from this annual event allow us to continue to develop our unique, high quality programme of support to help people with cancer and their family and friends across the East Midlands. It’s an amazing personal challenge and we will be there on the day to support our brave jumpers.”
Mary will be taking part in the skydive on 2nd July at Langar Airfield. If you would like to support her fundraising efforts with a donation, please visit her justgiving page – //crowdfunding.justgiving.com/mary-cort