Batman takes to the skies for Chemo Appeal

'Batman and Catwoman' aka Barnstaple M&S employees Stephen Deacon and Margaret Kendall, will be taki

'Batman and Catwoman' aka Barnstaple M&S employees Stephen Deacon and Margaret Kendall, will be taking the Superhero Skydive challenge this June. - Credit: Archant

Marks and Spencer Barnstaple dup pull on their tights to take part in the Superhero Skydive.

BATMAN and Catwoman will be donning their tights and masks before jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane this June to help raise money for the North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal.

Barnstaple Marks and Spencer store manager Stephen Deacon and retail assistant Margaret Kendall decided to step into the boots of their costumed alter-egos after being inspired by the appeal campaign.

The dynamic duo will be joining other costumed characters to take part in the Superhero Skydive at Dunkeswell Airfield on Saturday, June 29.

The store has raised around £12,000 for the appeal over the past two years and staff are keen to support Batman and Catwoman at the event, which is being organised by Skydive UK.


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Shoppers will soon be able to see full-blown images of Stephen and Margaret in their superhero togs next to the checkouts, with details of how they can donate.

“I had never considered jumping out of an aeroplane before but was inspired by fund raiser Julie Whitton a few months ago, when I saw the provisional drawings of the new chemotherapy unit,” said Stephen.

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“Julie explained the appeal was close to reaching its target of £2.2million, and a final push of about £700,000 was needed to enable them to start building the unit this year.

“I was blown away by the determination of the fundraising team to make the unit a reality and felt the Superhero Skydive was something the M&S Barnstaple store should support.”

Other would be superheroes can also tale part - visit the appeal website at www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/fundraising and click on the superhero image or call 01271 3117722.

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