Officer’s skydive in dad’s memory

Mike Cleasby: Boosting cancer research
Mike Cleasby: Boosting cancer research

A HARTLEPOOL voluntary police officer is preparing for a skydive in memory of his dad who died of cancer.

Special Superintendent Mike Cleasby, who is based at Hartlepool Police Station, in Avenue Road, will jump out of an aeroplane on Sunday, July 1, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

He is facing his fears of heights after his dad died in January after a battle with stomach cancer.

Mike, 38, who co-ordinates Hartlepool’s 28 special constables, said: “I wanted to do an activity to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

“One in three of the population will be affected by cancer at some point in their life.

“I am not a lover of heights, but decided to do a parachute jump as my dad did dozens of jumps when he served in the Territorial Army.

“I have funded the cost of the jump so every penny raised will go towards cancer research.”

Mike, a married dad of two, who lives in Yarm, works with disabled children and adults with learning disabilties for Darlington Borough Council.

He is also the vice chairman of governors at Ash Trees Special School in Billingham.

Mike can be sponsored at