Skydive trio to raise cash for cancer centre

Val Lepedat, 67, of Intake, co-founder of the Aurora centre won Yorkshire Community Hero award at the Yorkshire Awards. Picture: Marie Caley D3829MC
Val Lepedat, 67, of Intake, co-founder of the Aurora centre won Yorkshire Community Hero award at the Yorkshire Awards. Picture: Marie Caley D3829MC

THE daughter of an inspirational woman who helped set up a cancer centre for patients in the borough will be undertaking a charity skydive in her mum’s honour.

Val Lepedat, of Intake, lost her battle with cancer in October, aged 68.

The caring mum-of-three helped to set-up the Aurora Centre which has bases at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Mexborough Montagu Hospital offering cancer patients beauty treatments and help with their self-esteem as well as other therapies.

There are now plans to launch an Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop but it will take £500,000 to get up and running.

One of Val’s daughters Vanessa Colley, has decided to take on a charity skydive in order to raise money towards the cause.

The 38-year-old who now lives in Normanton, will be plunging 15,000ft with colleagues Mark Popplewell, 27, and 32-year-old Simon Flynn.

She said: “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but was scared to do. I thought what better way to do it then for my mum and her charity.

“I still can’t believe its happening, I’m very very nervous but can’t wait to be a little bit nearer to mum.”

The terrific trio will be taking the plunge on Wednesday with the aim of raising £3,000. To donate visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/TandemSkydive