Claire faces her fears in memory of mother

Claire Golding-Smith (47), assistant manager at Sue Ryder Care in Gosport. Claire will be doing a skydive in aid of Sue Ryder Care when she visits Aruba next month.
Claire Golding-Smith (47), assistant manager at Sue Ryder Care in Gosport. Claire will be doing a skydive in aid of Sue Ryder Care when she visits Aruba next month.

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SHE is terrified of heights and hates flying – but that isn’t going to stop Claire Golding-Smith from jumping out of a plane in a bid to raise money for charity.

Claire is planning a skydive while holidaying in the Caribbean, in memory of her mum who died of cancer.

The 47-year-old, who works for the Sue Ryder charity shop in Forton Road in Gosport, is bidding to raise money for the charity by skydiving in Aruba.

Her mum Audrey Edwards died after suffering from a brain tumour.

Claire, from Heaton Road in Gosport, is set to face her fears when she visits the Caribbean island with her husband, Brent.

‘I’m terrified. I don’t like flying and I don’t like heights,’ she said.

‘But I have to push myself. If I say I am going to do something then I will. I won’t back out then.’

Claire has been working as an assistant manager at the Sue Ryder shop for the past two months and decided she wanted to boost the fundraising.

The charity provides palliative and long time care for people who are suffering from cancer, Huntington’s disease, MS, brain injuries, strokes and similar illnesses.

‘It’s something that everybody at some point in their lives will come across, whether it’s themselves or a family member or a friend,’ added Claire.

‘My mum died of cancer 19 years ago and we didn’t know about the care that they provided. It’s very different.’

Claire and Brent will fly to Aruba for two weeks in June.

And despite her fear and her nerves for the big jump, she remains excited about her holiday.

‘I am still looking forward to the holiday,’ she said.

‘I have read a lot about skydiving so I know what I am letting myself in for.

‘I am very anxious but I am sure that once I am out there it will be over and done with so quickly and then I will want to do it again.

‘It’s something I have always thought about doing so now I will take the opportunity to do it.’

Claire has displayed posters in the shop advertising her skydive and encouraging customers to sponsor her.

To sponsor Claire, please visit justgiving.com/claire-golding-smith.