A GROUP of 16 people from North Leeds completed a 15,000ft skydive for charity on April Fool’s Day in the hope of raising money and awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
James Clink of Bardsey, along with Emma Reynolds of Wike, wanted to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) after close family friend Tony Heywood passed away last year with MND, aged 64.
MND is a rapidly progressive, fatal disease that can affect any adult at any time. The cause of MND is unknown and there is no cure. The disease leaves people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves, but the intellect and the senses are usually unaffected.
It affects around 5,000 people in the UK at any one time. Half will die within 14 months of diagnosis.
James had raised money for MND throughout 2011 in such events as the ‘Total Warrior Challenge’ but he and Emma decided to group together as many daredevil friends as they could to do a skydive on April 1.
Between them they raised £6,000 for the MNDA.
Tony, who was father-in-law to James’s brother was diagnosed with MND in June 2008. He died in January 2011.
Emma said: “When Tony was diagnosed with MND it was a blow to all of us. He was the most amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.”
James said: “The MND Association were so amazing, looking after Tony’s every need and a great help and support both to my sister in law Zoe and her mum through all of it.”