Adam takes the plunge

Charity parachutist Adam Downings, Buxton
Charity parachutist Adam Downings, Buxton

A BUXTON man inspired by the way his late grandad coped with Parkinson’s is to take part in a tandem parachute jump to raise money for a charity that helps others with the condition.

Adam Downings, 22, is hoping to raise £2,000 for Parkinson’s UK in memory of Bernard Clements, who passed away in October 2009, just after his 82nd birthday, due to Parkinson’s-related illnesses.

Adam said: “He was a huge influence on my life and I have a deep respect for the way he bravely coped with his illness, particularly during the latter stages of it.”

Bernard, a very active man throughout his life, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2002, and his illness progressed and slowed him down until he eventually needed 24 hour care.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. However, the symptoms can be controlled and slowed with medication. The charity is working to find a cure and supports patients, their carers and families.

The parachute jump is due to take place on September 24 at Sibson Airfield in Peterborough. To date Adam has raised just over £1,500 from his employers Tarmac through their employee match-funding, colleagues, wagon drivers, family and friends.

“I would like to thank everybody for their extreme generosity. It has been overwhelming,” said Adam.

Anyone who would like to support Adam’s fund raising efforts can donate through http://www.justgiving.com/Adam-Downings or by e-mailing adam_downings@hotmail.co.uk .