Harrogate team take on charity sky dive
A brave group of family, friends and members of the Harrogate and District branch of the MS Society took on a sky dive to raise funds.
The team was inspired to take on the challenge by a person from the local YUMS (young people united by MS) who had completed a charity 15,000ft tandem sky dive.
Alan Johnson, Laura Fraser, Josh Odle, Tom Eves and Nikki Scott successfully made tandem jumps with instructors at Skydive Hibaldstow’s airfield in Lincolnshire.
Two members of the team were unable to jump because of the weather conditions.
Branch Support Officer Jeremy Odle, father of Josh, and Sam Lowther, who both have MS, hope to take the plunge later.
The branch events co-ordinator, Fiona Jones, said: “The team had been seeking sponsorship since February and had hoped to raise £5,000.
“The branch set up a just giving page and individual sponsorship.
“The grand total £1941 in sponsorship has been raised for Harrogate and District MS Society, which will go to providing vital support,
advice and information for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Harrogate district.”
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological condition affecting around 100,000 people in the UK.
Fiona added: “This is a fantastic amount of money that has been raised.
“I would like to thank everyone who showed their support for the divers and I would like to thank all the divers faced their fears of heights and flying in an aeroplane.”
Most people are diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect younger and older people too.
Roughly three times as many women have MS as men.
MS is complex and has many symptoms, including fatigue, vision problems and difficulties with walking.
Treatment can include drugs, exercise and physiotherapy, diet and alternative therapies.