Dad and daughter to complete skydive for Weston Hospicecare

PUBLISHED: 14:00 18 May 2017

Zoe and her dad Steve who are completing a skydive in memory of Zoe's mum Lisa.

Zoe and her dad Steve who are completing a skydive in memory of Zoe's mum Lisa.

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A daughter is preparing to jump out of a plane for Weston Hospicecare in memory of her mum Lisa who died earlier this month.

Zoe Barker, from Winscombe, and her dad Steve Barker will be taking on a 10,000ft skydive in September.

Zoe’s mum and dad are divorced, but Steve, aged 54, was very supportive after Lisa was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May last year.

Zoe, aged 29, said: “Signing up for a skydive is something my dad and I have always teased each other about doing. I saw it advertised on Facebook and thought ‘now’s the time’.”

Zoe, who had been her mum’s 24-hour carer, is determined to raise money for the hospice after the team stepped in to offer care and support when Lisa had a severe seizure.

She said: “The hospice were amazing with her. It was really hard at first not to be her 24-hour carer anymore, but each day, my sister Abbey and I went in to spend time with her. It was nice to be her daughters again, while she was being looked after.

“If it wasn’t for this charity and the facilities they have, I’m pretty sure my mum would have required a nursing home, which at the age of 50 would have been an awful decision for us to consider.”

“They are amazing, kind and brilliant at caring for people and families at such emotional, hard times in life.

“I just want to do as much as I can to make her proud, and raising money for the hospice will definitely be something that does that.”

After struggling with several treatment options including radiotherapy and surgery, Lisa made the difficult decision to focus on making the most of the time she had left, a decision that Zoe called ‘brave’.

Zoe said: “We enjoyed making amazing memories as a family, including a cruise and lovely Christmas. We also arranged a get-together for her 50th birthday in February.”

Zoe and Steve, who is also from Winscombe, are now hoping to raise as much as they can for Weston Hospicecare.

To sponsor the pair, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Zoe-Barker4

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