Funeral director skydive fundraiser for MumMum Foundation

Admin (18 March, 2015) Culture

24-year-old Gary Valentine Fuller will be jumping out of a plane with eleven friends and family in honour of his late grandmother.

1106Gary and Carol

A young funeral director is preparing to throw himself out of a plane to raise money for mums with cancer.

Gary Valentine Fuller set up the MumMum Foundation after his nan died a year and a half ago from cancer.

The fun-loving 68-year-old inspired Camberwell-born Gary to help other mums with cancer enjoy the time they have with their loved ones.

“She was the rock of my family,” said Gary, who always called grandma, Carol Ann Rogers, MumMum. “I struggle with it still today.”

Carol was a “party animal” and was still enjoying a drink down her local, the Nag’s Head in Camberwell, a couple of weeks before her death.

“We want to help mums with cancer get through it and put a smile on their face. It’s building memories and making the most of time you’ve got left,” said Gary, who needs to raise £5,000 a year to become a registered charity in the UK.

To kick off his fundraising this year, 24-year-old Gary is doing a sky-dive with eleven family and friends, who hope to break through a target of £3,600 in sponsorship.

When the daring dozen come back down to earth, they will head to Carol’s favourite boozer for a raffle and live entertainment to boost their total.

New dad, Gary, says his eight-month-old daughter will hopefully be there at the Peterborough jump site on March 22 to cheer him on.

“I’m actually looking forward to it. A lot of people are popping themselves. Nothing scares me but I might be nervous on the day,” said Gary.

In November, Gary held the first of an annual memorial event for those who have lost loved ones to cancer, a year after Carol passed away. The launch event at St Giles’ Church in Camberwell, was attended by the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Sunil Chopra.

If you want to sponsor Gary or find out more about the MumMum Foundation, visit

www.facebook.com/themummumfoundation or email:

garyvfuller@btinternet.com.

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