Southport bus driver’s sky dive for Cancer Research UK

  • A SOUTHPORT bus driver is pulling out all the stops to raise vital funds for cancer research – by jumping out of a plane for his fiance!

    Paul Welsh, who is a familiar face on the busses around the town, will be taking the plummet next week alongside the love of his life, fiancée Gemma Cottam, who is recovering from skin cancer.

    The Arriva bus driver, who lives in Skelmersdale with Gemma and his family, will jump out of the plane on April 2 in the skies above West Lancashire in a daring bid to raise £1,000 for the charity which saved his partner’s life.

    Paul, 41, will be joined by Gemma herself and two other friends for the daunting task and he is hoping to gain as much support as possible, especially from his regular passengers!

    Paul said: “We’re raising money for Cancer Research by taking part in a sky dive all in the aid of raising awareness of the deadly dreaded word we all fear – cancer.

    “Everyone knows someone who’s fought, survived or have sadly lost to cancer.

    “Gemma made international headlines in 2015 as she bravely launched a campaign to make more people aware of how common melanomas can be in people under the age of 30.

    “And we were overjoyed when results last year showed that she has now beaten the disease.

    “She has now put her efforts into making sure her campaign, mela-no-more, helps others who are either fighting or recovering from melanomas.

    “The motivation is simple. Gemma has had a few scares since her all clear last year, which has only egged us on. She is currently undergoing laser and steroid treatment for her surgery scars and has to have full body mole checks every three months and will do for the next 10 years.”

    Gemma said: “We want to show cancer who’s the boss. Compared to the fight I’ve been through already, jumping out of a plane seems like nothing but I won’t lie and say we’re not a little bit terrified!

    “You only live once to you have to live it everyday and do stuff that creates amazing memories so why not do this and raise some money and awareness too.

    “But like I’ve said before, I nearly died because of this horrible, cruel disease and unfortunately there are people who do – there are so many people right now fighting this disease so this challenge is for them too!”

    To find out more about Paul and Gemma’s skydive or to sponsor them visit