Generations in charity skydive

JUMP: Jo Ferguson, left, Graham Dean and Claire Castle are to sky dive
JUMP: Jo Ferguson, left, Graham Dean and Claire Castle are to sky dive

Three generations of a Leeds family are to skydive to raise money for research into a rare brain illness.

The family of the late Pauline Stringer are highlighting Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) by jumping out of a plane in Bridlington next month.

Pauline Stringer

Pauline Stringer

Mrs Stringer, formerly of Kennerleigh Avenuem Austhorpe, died aged 68 from the Parkinson’s-like neurological condition in 2012.

It is caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain. It can lead to difficulties with balance, movement, vision, speech and swallowing. Now her former husband, children and grandchildren are aiming to raise £5,000 for the PSP Association by taking the plunge on September 2. They will be joined by family friends and work colleagues to form a 12-strong team aged 17 to 74.

Mrs Stringer’s daughter Jo Ferguson, formerly of Whitkirk, said she was nervous about doing the sky dive. But she added: “I’ve got to do it for my mum. When I do the dive I will be closer to her for a few seconds. I just hope she brings the sun out for me.”

Mrs Ferguson, 49, will be joined on the skydive by her dad Geoff Dean, who will celebrate his 74th birthday on the day, and her daughter Dana, 20. Mrs Ferguson’s brother Graham Dean, sister Claire Castle and nephew Aiden Dean are also doing it. She added: “We’ve got three generations of crazy fools.”

Pauline Stringer

Pauline Stringer

The idea came about from a team meeting at Mrs Ferguson’s workplace, Hunter Global in Lincoln. Several colleagues and family friends will also take part.

See www.justgiving.com/companyteams/Hunter-Global to donate. They have raised £3,200 so far.

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