Kate takes a leap for mental health charity

Kate Cook and her skydive partner plummet towards the earth to raise mental health awareness. Photo: Tony Danbury EMN-141111-113758001

Kate Cook and her skydive partner plummet towards the earth to raise mental health awareness. Photo: Tony Danbury EMN-141111-113758001

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A daring district councillor from Sleaford has completed a tandem parachute jump in support of a cause close to her heart.

Coun Kate Cook, member of North Kesteven District Council for the Osbournby ward, took the plunge at Langar airfield, near Nottingham, on Sunday.

She had been due to complete the jump the previous day, but it was cancelled while she was in the plane due to bad weather.

Of her jump, she said: “They say that you should do something every day that scares you ... well this certainly did. I decided that if I was asking for sponsorship from friends and family, then it was important that I did something challenging to earn that money and I couldn’t think of anything scarier than a skydive.”

She added: “It was one of the most petrifying, yet exhilarating moments of my life.

“The leap of faith out of the plane was the hardest part but it was then amazing to be able to see the Wash, Nottingham and Grantham from a bird’s eye view on a beautiful clear sunny day and to really feel as though you are flying and free.”

Coun Cook has so far raised £650 for the mental health charity Mind and people can still sponsor her via: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/raybutlerltd.

In addition to raising funds for Mind, she also wants to raise awareness of mental health issues and in particular, the Local Authority Mental Health Challenge that Lincolnshire County Council has yet to adopt.

Coun Cook has offered her assistance to Lincolnshire County Council with the challenge, particularly by investigating how Lincolnshire companies tackle mental health issues in the workplace.

She said the charity was particularly significant having personally sought support for depression in the past.

Vicky Urquhart, community fundraising co-ordinator at Mind said: “We’re incredibly grateful to have Kate’s support and are all really impressed by the passion and ingenuity she has put into raising money for Mind over the last year. Money raised will help us to provide vital support for people who need it, when they need it the most.

“We’re also delighted that Kate is supporting the Local Authority Mental Health Challenge as we feel that councils can make a big difference to people of all ages by promoting better mental health in their communities.”