01:34AM, Wednesday 15 May 2013
A daring former nurse leapt 10,000ft from a plane to raise cash in memory of her brave husband who died from a brain tumour.
Karen Ackling, from near Legoland in Windsor, did the skydive on what would have been her 25th wedding anniversary.
Her jump in Brackley, Northamptonshire, raised £5,740 for The Brain Tumour Charity in memory of husband Kevin, who died aged 56 on October 1 from an aggressive malignant brain tumour called Glioblastoma.
The 53-year-old jumped on the day that she would have celebrated her silver wedding anniversary with the former BT global operations officer.
She said: "When you lose somebody so close to you lose that sense of fear so I was not frightened at all.
"But I would not like to do it again."
The former inpatient clinical services manager at the King Edward VII Hospital in Windsor and St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead, said her husband would have been proud.
Karen said he battled the tumour for four and a quarter years, after he was told the average life expectancy for people diagnosed with it is 14 months.
She said: "He battled the inoperable tumour for years, had chemotherapy all the time and fought a long battle.
"Raising money is a way of keeping his memory alive and without that I do not know what I would do.
"It is helping me through this journey."
Karen is holding a golf day at Lambourne Golf Club in Burnham on Tuesday, May 21 where her husband played golf to raise more funds for the Kevin Ackling Fund.
And she is planning on holding a quiz night in September.
The Brain Tumour Charity says about 8,500 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour each year, but the number could be much higher due to the way they are diagnosed.
Katie Mosses, support group officer at the charity, said it was 'inspiring' people like Karen channel their grief at the loss of loved ones to raise funds.
Visit www.justgiving.com/KevinAcklingMemorialSkydive to donate.
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