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Fundraisers do skydive for twins with Down's syndrome
ELEVEN daredevils took their fundraising to new heights for two special little girls with Down’s syndrome.
They raised £7,000 by taking part in an adrenaline-fuelled skydive.
Matt and Jodi Parry, both police officers in Bury, were originally “devastated” when they found out two-year-old twins Abigail and Isobel had the condition weeks after they were born prematurely.
But, after discovering their daughters were no more difficult to look after than any other children, the couple became determined to banish misconceptions around Down’s Syndrome.
Jodi and the 10 other fearless fundraisers took flight above Cockerham, in Lancaster, for their tandem skydives earlier this month, in aid of the Twincess Campaign.
Matt, who was unable to take part due to being over the 15-stone weight limit, said: “It is the most death-defying challenge the campaign has undertaken to date.
“To have 11 people risk their lives for our cause is overwhelming, and we are truly touched.
“Words cannot describe how much it means as a father to see the lengths other people will go to for us.
“I think even if I had not been a couple of ounces over the weight limit, I still could not have done it, so I have nothing but admiration for them.
“Everyone’s effort and bravery is out of this world, and they are a top bunch.”
Other skydivers who took part included Arron Raw, of Raw Tattoo, in Farnworth, who single-handedly raised more than £1,000 for the campaign.
Bury PCSO Esther Moss and Bury PC Phil Slingsby also participated – with Phil having already completed the Great North Swim for the girls, and set to take part in the Ironman challenge next year.
Naomi Smith, aged 28, a senior daycare officer at Bury Council, said: “I had never done anything like that before.
“It was brilliant and a pure adrenaline rush.”
Matt, an acting sergeant and intelligence co-ordinator and Jodi, a constable, have planned a Manchester to Blackpool bike ride for summer 2014, and hope to arrange a major black tie ball.
Matt added: “At first we thought Down’s Syndrome was a life sentence, but that was just us being ignorant because we knew relatively little about the condition.
“We soon came to terms with it and realised the truth: our daughters are beautiful and loved.
“They are so special and have allowed us to touch so many people’s lives.”
For more information about the Twincess Campaign: go to twincess.org, search Twin cess Campaign on Facebook, or follow @Twincess1 on Twitter.
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