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A MELKSHAM mum conquered her fears last month and jumped 10,000ft out of a plane, raising £643 for the local fundraising campaign, ‘Keep Mya Moving’.
Linda Hancock took to the skies on May 6th to skydive for five-year-old Mya Macey-Plested who needs a special wheelchair.
Mya was born at 28 weeks with a spinal cord injury, leaving her an incomplete tetraplegic which affects her arms and legs. She is unable to walk and uses a wheelchair; however she is rapidly outgrowing her current wheelchair and will soon need a replacement. Linda, whose son is in Mya’s class at school, felt compelled to help raise the £7,000 needed to buy Mya a new wheelchair.
“The skydive itself went well,” said Linda. “The weather on the day was windy so there was some question as to whether we could do it – but as we were having our induction, the “jump plane” started up, so it was game on!
“At that point I was nervous but I was lucky to have friends and family there to support me. I also had a friend I jumped with, so that helped.
“Mya’s mum, Lauren, came to cheer me on. Unfortunately Mya couldn’t be there as she was being a flower girl at a family wedding – so I’ve totally forgiven her for that.
“I think when I went through training and was in the plane climbing up to altitude my brain decided to switch off and abandon me completely, which was just as well otherwise I might not have got out the plane.
“Flying through the air was incredible, it’s hard to describe it really. Rushing wind, scenery like you’ve never experienced before and a complete sense of wondering what on earth you are doing! Then total relief when the parachute opened and then the landing, which was surprisingly gentle.
“I felt pretty proud of myself afterwards I must admit and my two boys said they were proud of me too, which made me feel pretty special.
“In the end, due to an overwhelming amount of support, we managed to raise £643 in total which I cannot thank people enough for. It really goes to show how family, friends and the community can pull together to help out such a special little girl.
“I’m thrilled I did it and am hugely grateful to those who supported and sponsored me – I can’t thank them all enough.”