Ellis Patents purchasing administrator, Jade Greenwell is set to show her appreciation for the work of Macmillan Cancer Support by leaping out of a plane at 10,000ft on 15 April.
Rillington-based Jade was inspired to raise money for the charity after witnessing up close the incredible work they do for cancer patients, following her dad’s diagnosis with Hodgkins Lymphoma in September 2022.
“Sadly, cancer still has the ability to truly terrify anybody and when I found out my dad had been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma it was heart breaking,” says Jade. “Thankfully, it was found early enough and after four cycles of treatment, and a month of recuperation he was able to return to work.”
“Throughout the time he was being treated, the support provided by Macmillan’s staff was incredible and I just wanted to say a massive thank you and give a little something back. I’ve always secretly wanted to do a parachute jump, but the prospect terrified me, so it seemed like the best thing to do – a big jump for a big cause!”
The Greenwell family is extremely well represented at Ellis Patents – with Jade’s mum and dad also working for the Rillington company, while both her sister and her uncle have worked there in the past.
Danny Macfarlane, Ellis Patents Managing Director, says, “The Greenwell’s are a huge part of the Ellis family and have been for many years, and Jade’s dad coming back to work was a big cause for celebration for us all. We’ll definitely be keeping everything crossed on 15 April that Jade’s jump goes well and raises a lot of money.”
Hodgkins Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that forms in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body. The most common symptom of this form of cancer is a painless swelling in a lymph node, usually in the neck, armpit or groin.
“Cancer is a frightening thought for anyone, especially those who are diagnosed, however, there’s lots of support and treatments available,” continues Jade. “If you’re feeling unwell or are worried about anything that seems out of the ordinary – please phone your doctor.”
To donate to Jade’s jump visit: www.justgiving.com/page/jade-greenwell-1676659301742