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Morgan Sindall site manager takes a leap of faith in aid of charity St Gemma's Hospice

A brave Morgan Sindall site manager plunged 15,000ft in a skydive to raise money for a Leeds-based charity which nursed his partner’s mother in her final days.

Steve Barrett signed up to take part in the tandem jump at Hibaldstow Airfield, near Brigg, in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice, after witnessing the level of care they gave to Janice Hartley during her battle with endometrial cancer three years ago.

Steve, 30, and his partner Ruth, 29, said the care Janice received at the hospice shortly before she died, aged 59, was second to none and inspired him to take to the skies. His daredevil antics have so far raised £617 thanks to generous donations from friends, family and colleagues.

The jump was originally due to take place ahead of Father’s Day in June as Steve wanted to also dedicate the challenge to his father Thomas Barrett, aged 65, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. His condition developed after a car accident in 2001, which left him with a serious brain injury. However, adverse weather conditions meant the jump had to be rescheduled.

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