Anniversary skydive for brave Ross

Louis Kershaw, Stuart Humber, Scott Baker, Tom Coyne and Becky Goudy
Louis Kershaw, Stuart Humber, Scott Baker, Tom Coyne and Becky Goudy

Friends of Leyland man Ross Tomlinson, who died of cancer last year when he was just 21, have raised more than £4,000 after doing a very special skydive.

Ross jumped out of a plane this time last year to kickstart the fund-raising for the Christie Young Oncology Unit in Manchester, where he was being treated.

One year on, his friends Louis Kershaw, Stuart Humber, Scott Baker, Tom Coyne and Becky Goudy, completed an anniversary skydive at the weekend in his memory, and contributed towards the Ross Tomlinson Tribute Fund.

Ross’s mum, Linda Tomlinson, said: “It was a very emotional and special day for everyone involved in the Team Ross Skydive.

“The five skydivers all said that they felt so very proud and humbled by all the support they had received.

“From wearing the ‘Team Ross Skydive’ t-shirts with a copy of Ross’s handprint, visiting Ross’s grave together on the morning of the dive to gain his strength, to enjoying the glorious sunny day with friends and family that had all travelled to Flookeborough to share their once in a lifetime experience, made the day something that will live with them forever.

“They all believed that Ross had played his part on the day too by ‘pushing’ them out of the plane!”

She added: “The support for the Ross Tomlinson Tribute Fund demonstrates the high regard people have for Ross and the desire to continue his legacy, helping unfortunate young adult cancer patients.

“The event was so inspiring that others watching also wanted to join in, and plans are being made for a ‘Team Ross Skydive 2014.’”