Three sisters are preparing for a 10,000ft skydive as a thankyou to a charity that has helped their stepdad cope with a debilitating disease.
Glenn Baston, who lives in Lower Street, Stanstead, was told he had multiple sclerosis in January. The condition, which affects the nervous system, can cause problems with vision, balance and cause fatigue.
Despite continuing with his job at Exhausts Unlimited in Acton, 55-year-old Glenn has been unable to carry out tasks which would once have been second nature.
His wife Jackie and her three daughters – Emma Herd, Claire Vaughan and Denise French – turned to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust for help.
“He went down hill quite quickly and it is really hard,” said Claire.
“Glenn is the nicest person you could ever meet and he would do anything to help anyone. He was very hands-on and used to do lots of DIY, but he can’t do that now.
“It is very upsetting as he is all there mentally, but struggles physically.”
In order to thank the trust for helping them – the charity gives advice about treatments, exercises and diet – Claire and her sisters will be jumping out of a plane to raise money for the charity.
“None of us have done anything like this before but I always wanted to do either a bungee jump or skydive before I was 30,” said Claire, 26.
“I just thought ‘why not do it now?’ and both Glenn and my mum are really proud of us.”
The sisters plan to complete their jump on August 4 and are aiming to raise as much money as possible, but for mum Jackie it will be a day of mixed emotions.
“To have all three girls doing the skydive together is quite scary,” said the 55-year-old.
“But the trust has been a great help to us and will continue to be for years to come, so it’s nice to give a little back to a great charity.”
It is a case of the family showing solidarity in the face of adversity – something that Jackie has already demonstrated to her husband after they decided to get married earlier this year.
“We had already lived together for a number of years but when Glenn was diagnosed with MS, he asked me to marry him and I accepted,” said Jackie.
“He is such a great stepdad to my girls – they love him to bits and we are so very proud of them.”
Among a host of family and friends watching the trio will be Claire’s children, Tyler, four, and Paige, two.
“They will love it,” said Claire, from Lawshall.
To sponsor the sisters, go to www.doitforcharity.com/clairev or call Jackie on 07807 893534.