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Will's friends raise £14,000 to say thank you
3:00pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
FRIENDS took to the skies to raise thousands of pounds for charity.
Eight friends of Colchester teenager Will Hunt, 19, skydived in Beccles to say thank you to CLIC Sargent, which has supported him throughout his fight with cancer.
Will, of Creffield Road, was given the all clear last month.
The friends have been fundraising since Will was diagnosed and have broken the £14,000 barrier.
It was the first fundraising event Will has been able to attend.
Best friend Dean Bennell said: “There was a fantastic vibe because it felt like the flag ship event after a big year of fundraising and it was of course the first one that Will could attend.
“It was a reminder that it is amazing what you can achieve when just a few friends and family club together."
All the jumpers landed safely except Dean, who managed to break his ankle on impact.
He said: “It’s ironic that it would happen to me, Will said it felt strange not being the patient. It was completely my fault though.”
Three of Will’s friends had jumped earlier in the year, taking the total jumpers to 11.
Each skydiver raised £300 for CLIC Sargent.
The charity supported Will and his family by giving them somewhere to stay in London when he was undergoing treatment.
The total raised by the group stands at £14,100.
See Thursday's Gazette for the full story.
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