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Daring Gran takes on skydive for charity

Published: 29 Apr 2014 09:300 comments

A GRANDMOTHER is taking on a skydive to raise money for the charity that helps her disabled granddaughter.

Lynda Hewlett with her granddaughter Megan Parks 12, and staff from The Children’s Trust home, where Megan is a resident. Ms Hewlett is doing a sponsored skydive for the trust.

Lynda Hewlett will be taking to the skies at the end of April in a daredevil stunt to raise money for The Children’s Trust, and the Rett Syndrome Research Trust.

The 65-year-old, of Lowther Road, Wokingham, was inspired to take on the challenge by her granddaughter Megan, 12, who suffers from Rett Syndrome.

The condition means she cannot walk or talk. She formerly attended Addington school in Woodley and is now at a special school run by The Children’s Trust in Surrey.

Ms Hewlett said the tandem skydive was given to her as part of her 65th birthday present, from her partner Charlie, and has grown to a group of more than 30 people who are joining her. She said: “Everyone is saying how crazy we are!  How brave we are!

“How daft we are! I’m absolutely petrified; I’ve never done anything like this before – I suppose it’s something to cross off your bucket list!

“Even my son David, and my daughter Anna, Megan’s mum are coming with me.”

So far the group has managed to raise about £3,000, and are aiming to raise another £500. Ms Hewlett said; “I think it will be an experience, I got it for my birthday last May and it’s taken me this long to organise it! But we’re doing it for a good cause and for my only grandchild, the amazing Megan! As long as I stay conscious on the way down, I think it might just be fun.”

Even staff from the Children’s Trust, who work with Megan, are joining the aerial escapade, which will take place in Salisbury.

Ms Hewlett added: “It’s nice to be able to do something that will help others, and support the research that the Rett Trust do.”

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