Bellshill woman’s skydive in memory of grandfather

Charity skydiver Carolann Stevenson
Charity skydiver Carolann Stevenson

A Bellshill woman is preparing to take to the skies later this month to raise money for charity in memory of her late grandfather.

Carolann Stevenson is undertaking a skydive at the RAF Leuchars base in St Andrews on Saturday, March 29, in aid of Alzheimer Scotland.

Carolann, who will celebrate her 40th birthday two days after her skydive, wanted to do something in memory of her grandfather Robert Cornfield.

Robert suffered from dementia and died last year at the age of 87.

He was a well known figure in the town for many years and used to run the Clydestar video shop at Bellshill Cross.

Carolann said: “My grandfather died on March 21 so I will be doing jump very close to the first anniversary of his death.

“It wasn’t deliberate. When I started making the arrangements back in October that was the date they came back with and I thought it would be fitting to do it then.”

Carolann set out with a findraising target of £500 and has already achieved that even before she leaves ground.

And she is also paying the near £300 cost of the skydiver herself rather than take up the option of having it deducted from the amount raise so Alzheimer Scotland can get the maximum benefit.

She said: “It is a charity which is very close to my heart. I wanted to do something to help them but wasn’t sure what - but then came up with the idea of jumping out of a plane!

“I am a little bit nervous but am more excited than anything else.

“There’s no real training you can do other than keeping fit at the gym and that’s something I do anyway.

“I’ll have support from family and friends on the day and I just want to raise as much as I can.”

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