Cancer patient’s skydive for charity

Mr Cutler, together with his family and friends after the skydive
Mr Cutler, together with his family and friends after the skydive
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A CANCER survivor jumped out of a plane in a skydive to say thank you to the charity which helped him through the illness.

Mike Cutler, of Battle Road, did the fundraiser on his 60th birthday and collected almost £1,800.

He was told he had just three months to live when doctors diagnosed him with liver cancer in 2008.

But he battled through the disease thanks to a liver transplant and thought it would be fitting to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support which helped him get through his ordeal.

So his daughter Gemma Stevenson, who serves with The Royal Engineers, suggested he throw himself out a plane from 12,000 feet.

He said: “The jump was a massive success, as we had the best weather possible giving us clear skies, warm air and a fast and high jump.

“The final jump height was 14,500 feet in the end. We had around 45 seconds of free fall and up to three minutes under canopy. The top speed of the day was around 135mph.

“When I was put on the transplant list I was so ill, I couldn’t work or do anything and Macmillan helped me big time.”

Mr Cutler was joined by his daughter, together with his son-in-law Terry Stevenson, and sons Micky and Danny.

Some of the money he raised will also be going to Help for Heroes.

Mr Cutler said: “We would like to thank Nick Brownhill and Spr Smith of the Royal Engineer Sport Parachute Association for their time and for making the jumps possible.

“Thank you also to those who took part and came to support us.

“From the various businesses where the Help for Heroes collection pots were we collected £147.20.

“I would like to say a great big thank you to the traders in and around Hastings for those and, along with personal sponsorship the total was £1,787.20.”

Pictured: Mr Cutler, together with his family and friends after the skydive