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Becky Taking The Plunge To Raise Charity Cash

Becky ShawA member of the marketing team at DNCC Patron University of Derby Corporate has signed up to do a 12,000ft tandem parachute jump in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Becky Shaw, who is the University's Senior Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator, has signed up for the challenge on Friday 15 March in memory of her grandfather, Cedric Davies, who underwent pioneering surgery to have one of the first metal heart-valves fitted. The operation prolonged his life for 17 years after being told he had less than 12 months to live.

He led an inspirational life, having designed part of Concorde, cockpits for the Attacker, Swift and Scimitar fighter aircraft, the world's first flushing aircraft toilet for the Comet and the first Hovercraft. He was working for Vickers Armstrong producing catalogue artwork for a new life-support machine when he was diagnosed.

The machine needed to be tested, so he volunteered - not knowing he had a heart problem - and doctors discovered a major congenital heart defect. In six months he saw a specialist and in 1970, he was fitted with one of the UK's first metal-valve replacements at Guys Hospital, London.

Becky said: "This is my way of both remembering my grandad and also raising cash for a charity which was close to both our hearts. Without the operation he was given 12 months to live, so it was a no-brainer decision. With it, they estimated he’d have an extra 7-8 years - he had 17 extra years!

"Every pound helps, so thanks for supporting me!"

Becky has already raised almost £1,000 in donations. If you'd like to support her, donate at www.justgiving.com/Becky-Shaw01.

Cedric Davies