Katie Line knew that leaping out of an aeroplane with her boyfriend to raise money for Cransley Hospice would be something she’d never forget, but when she jumped she had no idea how life-changing the experience would be.
Katie was persuaded to do the skydive with her very good friend Claire in memory of Claire’s beloved dad, Bryan Betts who was cared for at Cransley Hospice. Afraid of heights, Katie knew that it was going to be a huge mental challenge.
The jump was due to go ahead in April, but due to the lockdown, it was postponed until September. This meant Katie had 5 months to feel the nerves! On the morning of the jump, Katie said she was “feeling sick with nerves.”
Katie had no idea that her boyfriend had been secretly planning this day for months and that the whole family and Simon Taylor, the manager of Sibson airfield, were all in on the big surprise.
Katie leapt from the plane and as she approached the ground she could see a row of people wearing masks of Jason’s face, holding the sign “KATIE MARRY ME?”
When Katie touched down Jason rushed over to her and dropped down on one knee to propose in person. She said “YES!” “It was such a surprise, I can’t believe everyone was in on it. The jump was amazing too, I was petrified but I would definitely do it again and I’m not an adrenalin junky!”
Katie, fiancé Jason, Claire and Lucy have now raised an incredible £5,000 including gift aid and match funding for Cransley Hospice in memory of Bryan Betts. Louise Preedy Community Fundraising Manager for Cransley Hospice said: “This was definitely a first for us and we wish Jason and Katie every happiness!”