Mum’s leap of faith to help young son Joshua

A Calderdale mum is overcoming her fear of heights to raise awareness of a medical condition which has left her young son with impaired hearing and mobility problems.

Sharon Kilner, of Brighouse, is undertaking a charity zip slide on Sunday at Salford Quays in aid of CMV Action UK.

Her two-year-old son Joshua was born with the life-threatening virus CM (cytomegalo) which has caused permanent disabilities. Joshua is profoundly deaf in his left ear, cannot walk and is unable to gain weight properly.

Sharon, who works at Tesco’s in Brighouse, said: “It is like a ‘stealth virus’. One in 150 new babies are born with the virus without any problems. But for one in 1,000 there are permanent disabilities. I want to raise awareness and so far I have also raised £800 for the charity.

“Joshua is a lovely, cheeky, smiley little boy. He has surpised us all with his determination.

“We are currently waiting for an MRI scan to see if he has cerebral palsy,” said 33-year-old Sharon whose husband Kevin and four-year-old daughter Lucy are backing her charity bid.