Cancer survivor dies in bucket-list accident

LUCY CORMACK
Last updated 10:48 06/08/2014

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A British breast cancer survivor has died while ticking a lifelong wish off her bucket list.

In a cruel twist of fate, 51-year-old Geraldine Jones was living out her dream to horse ride along a beach in South Wales when she was thrown from the horse and died from head injuries.

Having recently received the all-clear after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, Jones, who also went by her maiden name Rose, was in the midst of completing a list of things to experience before she died.

After Jones fell from the horse on Llangennith Beach in Gower, first aid was administered by a passing jogger and her riding companion before medical assistance, including an air ambulance, arrived. However, she could not be resuscitated.

Jones previously worked as a communications director at St Michael's Hospice in the English town of Hereford, not far from the Welsh border.

The chief executive of the hospice, Nicky West, told the Telegraph that Jones' illness had motivated her to appreciate every moment.

"A bucket list is often linked with people who are about to die, but Geraldine had come out the other side and was trying to live life to the fullest," she said.

She said Jones had been a "much loved member of staff" and colleagues were distressed to hear the news of her tragic accident.

Jones was reportedly an experienced horse rider, but not experienced at riding on sand.

The cliff-rescue team that attended the accident praised the mouth-to-mouth-resuscitation efforts of Jones' riding companion and the passing jogger.

Swansea coastguard centre manager Steve Jones told the Birmingham Mail they had handled the situation well.

"The other lady rides down there quite regularly, so it was very upsetting for everyone," he said.

"They were not doing anything wrong. They were just enjoying the day, as everyone was."

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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