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Shane would be proud

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

  • FLYING HIGH: Jo Harris (left) and Kerran Parish (right) on the plane before their charity fund raising jump at Perranporth.

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A WOMAN whose husband-to-be died from meningitis just two weeks before their wedding has raised £3,000 with her first skydive to raise money to fight the disease.

Kerran Parish, who admits she is petrified of heights, jumped strapped to an instructor from an aircraft 10,000 feet above Perranporth Airfield on Saturday.

She and Shane White, 38, had lived in their new home in Lostwithiel for only ten days when he died of meningitis in March 2012.

Her parents, Shane's father and younger sister and other relatives watched from the ground as Kerran and her cousin Joanne Harris, from Launceston, made the jump.

Shane would have turned 40 the day before the jump and had planned a skydive to celebrate.

"Jo went first; then it was my turn," Kerran said. "My legs were dangling below the plane and then we did a freefall at 120 miles an hour for about 30 seconds.

"A drogue parachute slowed us down and then the main parachute came out and we were just floating for five or six minutes. It was brilliant – quite an experience. I thought I'd panic, but I've never been as calm. I think it was because it was something Shane wanted to do.

"I'd like to thank everyone who supported us."

Kerran, 38, lives in the Lostwithiel home she bought with Shane. "We spent as much time together as we could; he made me the happiest I could ever be," she said.

Shane had been complaining of a headache, stomach and shoulder pains and a sore throat for a couple of days.

He visited his GP for vaccinations for his honeymoon, but the nurse refused to administer them, fearing he had a virus. His condition rapidly deteriorated and he was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Staff treated him for meningitis, but he later suffered cardiac arrest and died the following morning.

Shane's family and friends launched a campaign in his memory for the charity Meningitis Now.

Founder Steve Dayman, who lost his baby son Spencer to the disease in 1982, praised Kerran for "pushing her limits and doing something scary to fight the disease".

To sponsor Kerran, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ShaneWhite

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