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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Cumbrian woman scared of heights to do parachute jump for charity

Whitehaven's very own wartime sweetheart is hoping to raise a mountain of cash at her latest charity fundraiser.

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Cindy Hoten

Cindy Hoten will jump from a plane next month as part of a team of 200 aiming to raise funds for the Pilgrim Bandits charity, which supports armed forces’ amputees and veterans.

And tomorrow night she will be hosting an evening of music where she will perform the song she has written for the charity – called Know My Name – for the very first time.

Cindy, from Kells, immediately got behind the work of the charity when she heard about what it does, saying she would support it in any way.

“However, I did not think that would involve jumping out of a plane,” she told the News & Star.

“I get car sick, and I am afraid of heights, so I’m still not sure why I’m doing this.

“I’m sure I can find some gumption from somewhere in support of all the brave soldiers that made it back. If I make just one of them smile or laugh at the daft blonde with the red lipstick and quiff diving out the plane, then it will have all been worth it.”

Joining Cindy on September 21 will be her 55-year-old mum, Carol Goodall, as well as 198 others who are aiming to set a new world record of 200 tandem parachute sky dive jumps in one day.

Cindy is well known for singing and entertaining around the county and she also uses music as a therapy for people suffering from dementia and depression. Tomorrow’s event takes place on Dalegarth Station car park at Boot in Eskdale. The entertainment starts at 7.15pm.

Cindy, who has been named as the Lake District’s very own wartime sweetheart, will be performing a wide range of songs from the 1940s through to modern-day classics.

Supporting Cindy during the evening will be Mark George, who will perform a selection of Irish songs and a charity raffle.

The event is free, but organisers hope people will buy raffle tickets and leave a donation for the charity to clock up the funds.

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/cindy-hoten or donate via text. The texts are free, just send the code YHVL95 with a space and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

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