A woman has jumped out of a plane – despite being scared of heights – to raise funds for a charity that supports people, like her husband, who have multiple sclerosis (MS).
Jenny Shackleton, of Kirtling Place, Haverhill, completed the 10,000 feet skydive on June 19 in aid of the MS Trust, a charity which provides information and support for people affected by MS and funds and provides professional development courses and qualifications for all of the UK’s MS specialist nurses.
The 44-year-old said she had been wanting to raise funds for the charity ever since her husband, Sacha, was diagnosed with MS in 2008, and finally decided that a tandem skydive – a particular challenge for her because she is ‘petrified’ of heights – was the best way to do that.
“I’m scared of heights so this was a real challenge for me but I feel it’s a very worthy cause which is very close to my heart,” said Jenny, who had butterflies in her stomach for an entire week leading up to the big day.
“People told me I was brave but I was very nervous and just hoped I could do it after all the generous donations I had received,” she said.
“The hardest part was waiting to get on the plane – and I must admit I did scream,” she added.
Jenny’s efforts have already raised almost £3,000, but her fund-raising page will stay open until July 19 so there is still time to donate.
“I’m absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of people, especially considering we’re in difficult financial times, they’ve been so generous and so many people have given as well.”
To add to her total, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JennyShackleton
A spokeswoman for the charity said: “We are very grateful to Jenny for taking part in a skydive for the MS Trust, she has raised a fantastic amount and much-needed awareness. Jenny’s Jump in June has made a real difference,” she added.
The MS Trust are looking for people to take part in its Cambridgeshire Skydive Day on September 3. For details, visit www.mstrust.org.uk/cambridgeshire-skydive