Cancer-surviving mother’s joy over 30th birthday

JPCT 07-08-12 S12310897X Horsham, cancer survivor Georgina Leadbeatter parachuting for charity. Pictured with daughters Lois, 16 months, and Gracie,5  -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 07-08-12 S12310897X Horsham, cancer survivor Georgina Leadbeatter parachuting for charity. Pictured with daughters Lois, 16 months, and Gracie,5 -photo by Steve Cobb

A cancer-surviving mother of two girls has spoken of her joy at reaching her 30th birthday as she parachutes for charity TODAY (Thursday August 8).

Georgina Leadbeatter, a dental nurse from Horsham’s Elm Grove, who turned 30 two weeks ago, was given the parachute jump as a birthday present and is doing it this week in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in January 2008, she had a tumour the size of a small rugby ball removed, and underwent chemotherapy, but with the cancer in remission she is now doing her part to raise funds.

“It’s an ongoing thing, but I think as long as I’m here I’m going to raise money and awareness for cancer research,” she said.

“I’m really excited about the jump as it is something I have always wanted to do.”

After being diagnosed, Georgina feared that she would not see her young daughter Gracie, now five, grow up, but after battling off cancer she gave birth to Lois Faith, now 15 months old.

She explained that the worry never goes away, even after four years in remission, but thanks to the support of her friends and family, her husband Simon, and those at Brighton Road Baptist Church, she was coping well with any scares.

She has already raised double her target of £200, reaching £456, and said that earlier research was vital in cases like hers to combat rare forms of the condition.

To donate visit her Just Giving page.