Skydiving gran to fund op for Matt

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Grandmother Julia Jones is gearing up for her first skydive to help save her grandson from a life of severe disability.

On Saturday, the 64-year-old from Great Waldingfield will leap from a plane over Beccles airfield to raise some of the £25,000 cost of life-changing surgery for six year-old Matt Townrow, who has cerebral palsy.

His parents – Julia’s daughter Lisa and her husband Mike from Long Melford – are raising money for the operation because the NHS will not fund it. The prodedure should make Matt less reliant on his walking frame and wheelchair.

Also doing the sponsored jump are Philippa Cook, whose children go to school with Matt and his brother Ed, and Lisa’s friends Zoe Williams and Grant Nisbet.

Julia said: “I’ll close my eyes and think of my little man. Everyone’s been so good and I want to do my bit.”