Skydive raises funds for Port Stephens Women’s Cancer Support Group

The four skydivers: Kempsey Litten, Sam Arena, Nicola Beadle and Albany Litten. Photo by Andy Litten
The four skydivers: Kempsey Litten, Sam Arena, Nicola Beadle and Albany Litten. Photo by Andy Litten

Sarah Litten was well known on the Tomaree Peninsula and founded the Port Stephens Women’s Cancer Support Group.

Sarah’s dream was to establish a wellness centre in Port Stephens for women battling cancer.

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Six years ago Sarah was first diagnosed with cancer and recovered, only to find that it reappeared again in 2015.

On August 28, 2016 Anna Bay resident Sarah Litten, wife of Andy and mother to Kempsey, Albany, Brooklyn and Eden Litten, lost her battle with cancer.

Days after Sarah’s passing, her nephew Lewis and his girlfriend Nicola in the UK were grieving and felt unable to help the family from the other side of the world.

“When someone dies, it’s like your hands are tied and it feels like there is nothing you can do for the people you love,” Nicola Beadle told Bay News Of The Area.

Nicola, Lewis and the extended family were coming to Australia in December and decided to organise a skydive as a fundraiser.

All funds raised would go to the PSWCSG to help them pursue Sarah’s dream.

Nicola, a nurse in the UK , originally started the campaign through ‘Just Giving’, an online crowd fundraising website, with a goal of 600 British Pounds which is equivalent to $1012 Australian dollars.

The end result saw an amazing 2,910 British Pounds raised which gave the PSWCSG a massive $4908.22 in Australian dollars.

On Friday December 23, 2016, Kempsey Litten and her boyfriend Sam Arena; Nicola Beadle, and Albany Litten all made the successful skydive.

“Mum was so positive about everything and always believed that there was a reason that things happened,” Albany Litten told Bay News Of The Area.

“Our Mum was very spiritual, she believed that all things lined up for a greater purpose, she was amazing,” Kempsey Litten said.

“She believed in the power of the journey, and thought that she was going to get well and write a book and always believed she would see her vision of a ‘wellness centre’ become a reality,” Albany added.

Sarah Litten has left behind a beautiful legacy of tangible love.

A love that can be felt as her story is repeated by her family and those whose lives she impacted.

A cheque for 2910 pounds was presented on Wednesday afternoon to Rhondda Shaw, Secretary of the PSWCSG.

You can read more of The Sarah Litten story in an upcoming edition of Bay News Of The Area.

By Jewell DRURY

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