Skydivers raise £8k for charity

The group of skydivers handing a cheque over to Action Duchenne

The group of skydivers handing a cheque over to Action Duchenne

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A group of local people raised a massive £8,000 for charity when they jumped out of a plane at 13,000ft.

Thirty-two people took to the skies for charity Action Duchenne to raise money for vital reasearch into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Local mum Louise Evans after the skydive

Local mum Louise Evans after the skydive

The skydive was organised by local mum Louise James, who wanted to do something for the charity that has supported her since her five-year-old son Evan was diagnosed with the condition.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a severe and progressive muscle wasting disease. Action Duchenne raises money for research into the disease.

Louise told the ‘Journal’ she is “over the moon” about the money raised by the skydivers, which will go towards research in DMD, and would like to thank everyone who donated.

“Everyone was so generous with their time and money and I can’t thank them enough”.

Although she was quite anxious about the jump, Louise really enjoyed the experience.

“I was so calm when it came to the day. I was that busy running around making sure that everyone was ready to do their jump I wasn’t really concentrating on my own.

“I kept Evan to the front of my mind. I was doing the skydive for him and all the other boys who have the condition or lost their life to it”, she said.

The skydive is not the end of Louise’s fundraising efforts. She will be joined by a number of volunteers to pack bags in Marks and Spencers tomorrow at 10am.