A fearless gran took part in a charity skydive in her grandaughter’s memory.
Lorraine Hargreaves, who runs Fellaz Barbers in Rishton, carried out the sponsored challenge following the death of Lois Entwistle.
Lois passed away three days before her first birthday of a rare life-limiting genetic condition called Edward’s Syndrome.
Also known as trisonomy 18, nearly three-quarters of babies with the syndrome are miscarried and those who survive beyond one year suffer from a development disabilities.
Lorraine, 52, did the skydive with pals Brett Fielding and Matt Pendergast from Rishton and her son-in-law and Lois’ father Daniel Hodson. They expect to raise more than £3,500 with all proceeds going towards Derian House.
Lorraine said Derian House was looking for 21 people to complete a skydive to mark its 21st birthday and she was ‘delighted’ to take part.
The children’s hospice gave their family great support following Lois’ death five years ago and each year she has tried to raise money for them.
She said: “I’ve tried to do as much as I can in my barbers shop. It’s my way of thanking them for what they did for my granddaughter.
“It’s a very rare life limiting condition. Derian do a hospice at home and we had plenty of nurses come to the house.
“When she passed away they looked after us and they couldn’t do enough for us. I can’t thank my customers enough.
“I’m constantly asking them for something and they constantly keep digging into their pockets and giving.”
The skydive was carried out at the Black Knights in Cockermouth at the end of May.
Lorraine, who lives in Lower Darwen and has ran Fellaz Barbers on High Street for 15 years, said: “There were four of us doing it but only three of us completed it because of bad weather.
“It was a tandem skydive and really great experience. I’ve managed to raise about £1,600 myself and we expect to get £3,500, which is phenomenal.”