Skydive is the stuff of dreams for Sheffield youngster

Mitchell Mason and his mum Leasa Ward
Mitchell Mason and his mum Leasa Ward
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The mum of a Sheffield youngster hurt in a road smash has thanked his supporters for their fundraising efforts.

It is two years since Mitchell Mason, now aged 11, was seriously injured when he was in collision with a car near his home in Manor, Sheffield.

Recently, family friend Karla Kime, aged 16, took part in a parachute jump to raise funds for charity Dreamflight, which organised for Mitchell to go on a dream holiday to Orlando in Florida in the USA.

She wanted to do something to help the charity fund a trip for another youngster in need.

Mitchell’s mum Leasa Ward, said Karla, of Circle Close, Manor, had managed to raise £1,080 – thanks, in part, to some donations from Star readers.

Leasa, of Ravencarr Road, Manor, said: “We just wanted to say thank you to everyone who donated.

“After Karla appeared in The Star we had a few donations and we’d like to thank everyone who supported her. She was so brave.

“Mitchell and I went and watched her do the skydive and it was amazing.

“We were so scared for her but she just got on with it.”

Next month, two more of Mitchell’s supporters – 16-year-old Bradley Stevenson and his dad Alan ‘Dinky’ Stevenson, 42, will take part in a charity parachute jump to raise money for the same charity.

Mitchell’s recovery has astonished doctors in Sheffield.

At one stage, medics did not think that the youngster would ever be able to walk again.

He needed 11 operations after the collision.

Mitchell, who attends Talbot Specialist School in Norton Lees two days a week, still requires specialist medical help.

Leasa, who gave up her work to care for her son, said: “He’s still not in school full-time and he has a lot of physio and therapy appointments but he’s come a long way in the last two years.”

While in Florida, Mitchell swam with dolphins, went on daytrips to theme parks and rode rollarcoasters at Disneyland.

Dreamflight takes nearly 200 children on a 10-day trip to Florida every year, along with a team of medics.