Oh happy day, sister act jump for charity

JUMP TO IT: Glenn and Jackie Baston with Emma Herd, Claire Vaughan and Denise French.
JUMP TO IT: Glenn and Jackie Baston with Emma Herd, Claire Vaughan and Denise French.
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Three brave sisters have taken to the skies to complete a 13,000 foot charity parachute jump – and wing walking is next on the agenda.

Emma Herd, 37, Denise French, 35, and Claire Vaughan, 27, have raised a total of £1,500 from their jump on August 4 over Norfolk.

Mum Jackie Baston said her daughters did the free fall dive in aid of a charity supporting multiple sclerosis after her husband Glenn was diagnosed earlier this year.

“The girls wanted to do something to raise money to help the charity with trying to find a cure for MS,” said Mrs Baston, from Acton.

“The girls thoroughly enjoyed it, especially Claire. During the free fall, they were doing 125mph.

“I counted nine people into the plane and then watched nine chutes. We were so glad when we could see their parachutes open. Glenn had tears in his eyes when they landed.”

She added: “We are very proud of them. They are now planning next year’s event for the same charity.”

She said, Claire, who lives near Hartest and went to Great Cornard Upper School, wants to do wing walking for her next sponsored event.

“I’m not so sure about her sisters though,” added Mrs Baston. “I think Glenn and I will end up with grey hair watching them do anything else.”

The sisters decided they wanted to support their step dad Glenn, 58, when he was diagnosed with MS, which is a disease causing problems with muscle movement, balance and vision, in January.

The couple moved from Stanstead to Acton in June to a house better equipped with facilities such as a wet room.

Despite continuing with his job at Exhausts Unlimited in Acton, Glenn has been unable to carry out tasks which would once have been second nature.

The family turned to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust as the charity gives advice on treatment, exercise and diet – and Claire and her sisters jumped out of the 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.