13 June 2015

Jumping out of plane to raise money and awareness of mouth cancer may sound extreme. But that's exactly what happened this past weekend.

Yesterday [14 June 2015], mum of two, Louise Chidlow decided to take things to a new level in many was and skydive out of a plane from 10,000 feet.

It is estimated that over the next decade around 60,000 people in the UK will be diagnosed with mouth cancer and without early detection an half of those will not survive.

That is why Louise, Dental Advisor at British Dental Health Foundation, felt that it was important to go to extremes to highlight the issue.

Louise has seen cases of mouth cancer increase by 50 per cent since she first started working for the charity ten years ago, so was keen to volunteer when the opportunity arose to perform a tandem skydive at Brackley Parachute Centre in Oxford.

On her experience self-confessed adrenaline junkie Louise said: "I felt no fear when it came to jumping out of a plane but nothing could prepare me for the overwhelming experience. The main thing I will remember will be the noise when in freefall where we reached speeds of up to 120mph. It was deafening and I could hardly catch my breath, but when the parachute opened everything was so peaceful. It was a truly amazing experience.

"Being on the frontline of dental health I know the issues being faced on a daily basis by the public so saw this opportunity as a unique chance to really drive home the mouth cancer action message and raise awareness of the risks and symptoms".

Mouth cancer can appear as a painless mouth ulcer that does not heal normally, red or white patches in the mouth or lumps and swellings in the mouth. It is important to visit your dentist if these areas do not heal within three weeks.Louise Chidlow Skydive

Offering free and impartial advice on a whole range of topics relating to your oral health Louise operates as part of the Dental Helpline which has answered more than 350,000 enquiries since its formation some 15 years ago.

The helpline is a truly charitable service and the crucial work by our experts continues to make a difference, providing an invaluable resource in education and awareness of oral health and wellbeing.

Having previously ticked bungee jumping off her bucket list, Louise has so far well exceeded her target to raise £400 through her JustGiving page and is planning to continue her daredevil antics with wing walking on the horizon.