Super slimmer Dawn will jump 10,000ft to help hospice

Dawn Ireland
Dawn Ireland

A Driffield super slimmer is determined to overcome her fear of heights to raise money for Saint Catherine Hospice.

Dawn Ireland’s weight spiralled as she comfort ate during her dad’s battle with cancer before he died at his Kirkbymoorside home.

Now, she has shed five stone and will salute her dad, Geoff Cooke, from two miles up before parachuting 10,000ft for Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

She is preparing to conquer her fear of heights to raise money for the hospice which made it possible for her dad to fulfil his final wish.

“Saint Catherine’s made the difference between him being able to stay at home or not,” she said.

The family had support from Palcall, the hospice’s out-of-hours telephone helpline.

“Because we could ring the hospice for advice we managed to keep him at home and that was what he wanted.”

Dawn, 31, who is a nurse, will be taking part in the hospice’s Jump for Dad event on Father’s Day.

“I’m really scared of heights – in fact I’ve only ever been in a plane once but I just want to do something that helps the hospice.”

Looking after herself was the least of her worries when he was ill and all the snacking and comfort eating led to her weight rising to 16st 10.

The mum-of-two then joined Slimming World in April 2013 and has been losing weight steadily and is down to 11st 8.

She has also become a Slimming World consultant running her own classes on Thursday nights at the Methodist School Room in Driffield. When she makes her parachute jump at Grindale her sister, Emma Cooke, will also be parachuting for Saint Catherine’s.

Donations to Dawn’s fund can be made via her JustGiving page at