This week’s blog continues our “Meet the team” blog series, introducing our fundraisers to the Findacure community.

Meet our Dare for Rare Skydiving team!

In August, Findacure will see some of its bravest supporters launching themselves from a plane over 13,000 feet high! In this week’s blog we introduce of few of our team members and hope you will join us in welcoming them to the Findacure community.

 

Alison Labrey

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in a lovely village called Dobcross, in Saddleworth, with my three gorgeous boys.  I work part time as  a community nurse and I volunteer on the Dobcross Village Committee.
Why did you decide to take part in a sky dive?
I was talked into it when I was drunk!  When I sobered up, I realised I would have to see it through!
Why did you choose to fundraise for Findacure? 
As a nurse, I see the effects of a range of diseases and know how important patient support groups are.  It’s also because I know that rare disease research is relatively underfunded and I want to do my bit.
Have you taken part in any similar events before? 
Yes – I did the Findacure Firewalk in February.  My feet have now just about recovered!
What are your other hobbies?
Running and partying!
What’s your favourite film/book/tv show?
Coronation Street, I’m afraid.  I love it!  I would actually marry Tim from Corrie  – he’s hilarious!

You can find Alison’s fundraising page here.

Si Chun Lam

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Originally from Hong Kong, I currently lead a small team of economists and social scientists in a intelligence unit at Coventry City Council.
Why did you decide to take part in a sky dive?
I have always wanted to take part in a tandem skydive because it was doing something so exciting and yet completely and utterly out of my comfort zone.
Why did you choose to fundraise for Findacure? 
I got to know about Findacure through a friend (Libbie Read) who works for Findacure. What I’ve come to learn is that Findacure plays an important role in both (i.) collaborating with researchers and industries to developing cures for people facing rare diseases; and (ii.) improving the lives of families facing rare diseases by building communities together.
Have you taken part in any similar events before? 
No, I haven’t taken part in anything similar before – so this is totally different for me – and and I’m both very nervous and excited for it!
What are your other hobbies?
Outside of work I’m passionate about music and travelling will probably be found at a rock concert, festival, or on an aeroplane (but thus far, not yet jumping out of one)!

You can find Si Chun Lam’s fundraising page here.

 

Odette Read

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in Lincoln with my wonderful husband, Steve and two of our three fab children.  I work as a specialist teacher, for Lincolnshire County Council and I have just completed my studies with Northampton University to gain an MA in SEND and Inclusion.
Why did you decide to take part in a sky dive?
Because I can’t run!
Why did you choose to fundraise for Findacure? 
I am passionate about the work Findacure does and the patients and families that you support.  Patient voice and increased awareness are so important and you are doing such wonderful work in this area.
Have you taken part in any similar events before? 
I did once do a tandem paraglide over Lake Annecy, which was stunning!  Somehow, I feel leaping from a plane will be a little scarier!  I also took part in the Findacure Firework in February.
What are your other hobbies?
Reading, swimming, theatre, travelling and getting together with friends and family as often as possible.
What’s your favourite film/book/tv show?
I enjoy good quality dramas on TV; Taboo and Happy Valley were just brilliant!  My favourite film is Grease!  I have so many books that I love but if I had to choose one, it would be Anna Karenina.

You can find Odette’s fundraising page here.