A woman confined to a wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis was strapped to an experienced jumper and hurled from 13,000 feet on 18 September as part of a mass sponsored parachute jump in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC).
Before the jump mother of two Jane Gray, 53, said the thrill overcame her fear of heights. “I read about the jump in the MSRC newsletter and thought, ‘why not – it’s something a bit different.’
“Whilst I’m quite disabled by the illness I like finding things to keep the brain going. It seemed fun at the time. I’ve got lots of friends and family coming to watch the jump. My three carers have a dark sense of humour; they said they’re going to be there to ensure that they have a job afterwards.”
Jane, of Old Shaw Lane, was diagnosed with MS in 1995 and has been in a wheelchair for the last 13 years. She only has the use of her left arm, but it has not stopped her living life to the full.
Young neighbour Michael Doust, 12, pictured with Jane, was so impressed by her commitment that he’s contributed his pocket money to her project. He said, “I think she’s very brave and wanted to help her get as much money as possible.”
Jane’s fundraising has taken on an international flavour with oldest daughter Bec galvanising friends and colleagues to raise money in Australia.
Her younger daughter, Dani, is closer to home and has rallied the support from colleagues at Renaissance at Hillmead.
“I’m hoping to reach £2,000 in sponsorship which would be absolutely fantastic,” said Jane. Help her exceed her target at: www.justgiving.com/janesparachutejump