MS patients take on daring leap from plane

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A group of people with multiple sclerosis in Sheffield will be plunging 10,000 feet in a daring skydive to raise money for charity.

The six-strong team is taking on the skydive next month in aid of the MS Trust, and hope to collect thousands of pounds.

Making up the group are Claire Eley, of Broomhill, Sarah Medway, from Gleadless, Mark Mather, of Beauchief, and Karen Walker and Jon Davies from Norton.

They will be joined by Tracey Blanshard, from Hillsborough, who said her role is to ‘keep everyone calm and focused’. “I’ll be ready and waiting with the well-deserved celebratory post-dive drinks!” she said.

“Five of us have been diagnosed with MS, and we all met in 2009 when we attended a course for newly-diagnosed patients. The course was run by the MS nurses based at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.”

Tracey said the group has helped the trust before with research, and that the skydive is on September 29 at Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire.

“This will be Sarah’s third jump, but it’s the first for everyone else,” she added.

“Each person has to raise £395 as a minimum to be able to undertake the skydive, but we’re looking for as much fundraising as possible.”

Tracey said The Print Room at Holme Lane, Hillsborough, has helped with the group’s T-shirts, and Morrisons supermarket is supplying refreshments.

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