Trio of daughters from Ryedale to ‘Jump for Dad’ this Father’s Day

Sisters Emma Cooke and Dawn Ireland, pictured, who are doing a sky dive for Saint Catherine's Hospice in memory of their dad
Sisters Emma Cooke and Dawn Ireland, pictured, who are doing a sky dive for Saint Catherine's Hospice in memory of their dad

Two daughters will salute the dads they lost before leaping from a plane from two miles up to raise money for Saint Catherine’s Hospice on Father’s Day.

Friends Daisy Dunning and Emma Cooke, both young women from the same village who lost their dads to cancer, will be jumping from a plane at 10,000ft to help the hospice.

And Emma’s sister, Dawn Ireland, will also be joining in the charity fundraiser to help future hospice patients.

Daisy and Emma met through their mums and realised how much they had in common. Both live in Kirkbymoorside and both had been through the pain of losing their dads to cancer within months of each other.

Now the girls are preparing to parachute for the first time at a Jump for Dad event run by the hospice on Father’s Day. It is, they say, their way of giving something back to the hospice which helped them through the toughest of times.

Daisy was just 18 when her dad died of a rare form of cancer. But, she says, the help she was given by the hospice helped her to carry on with her plans and go to university as her dad had wished.

Following his death in 2013, Saint Catherine’s sent out a bereavement counsellor to visit Daisy in Ryedale every week and she was ultimately able to go to Leeds University as planned.

And on Father’s Day, her dad will be in her thoughts as she prepares to jump from a plane to raise vital funds for Saint Catherine’s.

“What will be going through my mind is what he would make of me doing a parachute jump,” she said. “He’d probably think I was mad but I think he’d also be really proud.”

Daisy is a self-confessed adrenalin junkie but friend Emma is terrified of heights and only the thought of helping the hospice is spurring her on to do the parachute jump.

Emma, 27, was only in her early twenties when her dad, Geoff, died. She and her family were able to help him to fulfil his final wish to die at home thanks to the support they received from Saint Catherine’s.

They used the hospice’s out-of-hours telephone helpline Palcall which helped them to support Geoff through his final days.

Emma and her sister, Dawn, who grew up in Kirkbymoorside but now lives in Driffield, have also been through another battle since losing their dad. Dawn has lost 5st and Emma 1.5st making them both slim and fit for the Father’s Day challenge.

Dawn is now a Slimming World consultant, as well as working as a nurse, and Emma is a beautician at Essential Health and Beauty in Kirkbymoorside.

Both girls have had their dad’s photograph printed onto hospice T shirts and will be wearing them when they make the jump.

“He would have been in hospital at the end if it wasn’t for Palcall,” Emma said. “We just want to give something back.”

Hospice fundraiser Louise Gravestock thanked the three women for volunteering for the parachute jump at Grindale, near Bridlington.

“We hope they have an amazing experience and that people will support their efforts to raise money for the hospice,” she said.

Daisy is collecting sponsors via her JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/Daisy-Dunning.

Meanwhile, Emma’s JustGiving page is at www.justgiving.com/Emma-Cooke15 and Dawn’s can be found by visiting www.justgiving.com/Dawn-Ireland4.