Girls to take plunge for poorly nan

PUBLISHED: 14:23 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:23 10 April 2013

Felicity Scrivener with nan Mary

Felicity Scrivener with nan Mary

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TWO girls will take a leap of faith in a brave salute to their ill grandmother.

Sisters Felicity and Lucy Scrivener have both witnessed their grandmother suffer in recent times and want to do something to make her proud.

Their nan, Royston resident Mary Scrivener, has suffered with a lung disease called Emphysema for 18 years.

And the Coomelands resident took a turn for the worse in February this year when she suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to intensive care at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

Two weeks ago she was moved to Papworth Hospital as her condition improved, but the whole experience has left her two granddaughters inspired to help as much as they can.

Felicity, 21, will do a sponsored sky dive in North London, while 20-year-old Lucy will be doing a sponsored bungee jump. Both are raising money for the British Lung Foundation.

Felicity told the Crow: “My nan used to love being active and playing bowls but her health has deteriorated so much over the last two years that she struggled to walk a few yards without doubling over and trying to catch her breath.

“She is an inspirational lady who has fought so hard to maintain a normal life with this awful lung disease, she is still continuing to fight.

“I’m sure most people will say their nan is the best but ours really is. Through everything we have been through in life my nan has always been there for us, she is our rock and is such a caring, lovely lady.

“We used to stay with her in the summer holidays when we were younger, she’d always spoil us with trips out. She used to take all her grandchildren out to the open top swimming pool in Royston when it was open.

“I am so proud of her for fighting this disease and I want the public to know what an inspiration she is for fighting this disease for as long as she has and still continuing to fight. I get choked up talking about how wonderful she is at the thought of losing her is unbearable, this is why our skydive and bungee jump is so important to us.”

Seventy-five-year-old Mary worked as a carer before she had to retire due to Emphysema. Her husband of 50 years, Dennis, has been at her bedside since she became hospitalised.

Felicity added: “It is the most awful experience watching helplessly while someone you love fights for their life, this is why we have decided not to remain helpless but to raise awareness of this disease and hopefully contribute to finding a cure.”

The pair will be taking their individual jumps in June. They have both set up fundraising pages via Just Giving which the public can contribute towards. All donations will go towards the British Lung Foundation.

Their respective pages are www.justgiving.com/Felicity-Scrivener and www.justgiving.com/Lucy-scrivener1

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