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Nurse with rare form of blood cancer leaps for Leukaemia CARE

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Leukaemia Care, Charity

  • Nathalie Irons

A nurse who was diagnosed with a rare form of chronic blood cancer is doing a daring jump from a plane to raise money for Leukaemia CARE.

Nathalie Irons will experience the 10,000ft free fall on the same day we attempt to break a record for the most amount of tandem skydives across the UK in 24 hours.

The 24-year-old, who is both a district nurse and a paramedic student at Bournemouth University, has mixed feelings about the challenge but is keen to raise as much money as possible for us to help support people affected by blood cancer.

Nathalie said: “I’ve never done anything like this before – a couple of months ago I was excited about it, but now it’s getting closer I’m starting to dread it.”

Joining Nathalie for the skydive is her friend Natalie Hodgson. She supported her friend on her first day of cytoreductive treatment, which doctors told her would make her feel “worse than she’s ever felt before”.

 “I was diagnosed with chronic blood cancer in March 2014, and it took about a year’s worth of blood tests to get diagnosed.

“Mine is a rare form of blood cancer – my specific mutation was only discovered in 2013 - and not every GP acknowledges its symptoms. I had headaches, dizziness, vision disturbances, nausea, and fatigue, and it took a locum GP at my local surgery to refer me to a haematologist.”

She continued: “It was quite a relief when I finally was diagnosed. I’m on a new treatment, which I have to inject myself with once a week. It’s good for younger people as the alternative, chemotherapy, affects fertility.”

Natalie praised her “amazing” family, friends and boyfriend for their support since she was diagnosed, as well as staff at the Dorset Cancer Centre.

She added: “Although getting diagnosed with cancer has been a negative experience, it’s resulted in some really positive things happening.”

To sponsor Nathalie, visit