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Taking to the sky for charity

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Taking to the  sky for charity thumbnailIvan Spratt and his daughter Gillian Erwin (centre) pictured with Leona Rankin from the Boom Foundation.

THE memory of much-loved Aghadowey woman Jill Marrs lived on when her partner and his daughter took to the sky and raised 4,400 for charity.
Ivan Spratt and Gillian Erwin's skydive at the Wild Geese skydiving centre challenge boosted the coffers of two causes close to their hearts - the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children and the Boom Foundation.
The Boom Foundation was set up by Coleraine woman Leona Rankin in memory of her fiance Philip Wilson and supports people affected by sarcoma in Northern Ireland.
Philip sadly lost his battle to sarcoma in March 2013, just weeks before he and Leona were due to marry.
Jill, formerly from Vow Road, Ballymoney, passed away at her Aghadowey home from sarcoma cancer two and a half years ago, at the age of 42. She had worked at AVX in Coleraine for many years.
Jill had raised several thousand pounds for cancer charities before and during her illness. Her intention had been to raise money for a children's charity but she sadly lost her battle for life before fulfilling that dream.

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