Buxton man to confront fear of flying with charity skydive after life-changing medical diagnosis

A Buxton man recently diagnosed with a life-changing medical condition last year is to confront his fear of flying with a skydive for a charity supporting people affected by the same illness.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 12:40 pm

Daniel Heyworth was told by doctors last year that he had developed multiple sclerosis, a disease which damages the central nervous system.

He said: “I had a turn at the beginning of last year which turned out to be a relapse. It has been a tough year and a total change of life but I have had a amazing team around me from doctors to physios. My wife and family have been a massive support as well.”

Determined not to be beaten by the lifelong condition, in May Daniel and his wife Sally will travel to Bridlington in North Yorkshire where he will jump from a plane at 10,000 feet to raise money for the MS Society.

Daniel Heyworth, left, with Tarmac’s Tunstead cement packing plant manager, Ian Smith.

He said: “I am trying to do my part to help fight this illness. Doing a sky dive has always been on my list of ambitions so prompted by the incredible support I have been getting I decided to go for it.

“I have always been terrified of flying so, unlike most who take on this challenge, I am looking forward to the actual jump but not the flight to get up there.”

Daniel has already flown past his initial sponsorship target of £1,200, with particular support from Tarmac’s Tunstead plant, where he works in the cement packing team.

He said: “All my friends, family and work colleagues have been amazing since I had my diagnosis. I have already smashed my target but would love to raise even more.

“The MS Society does amazing work to help people like me so I hope I can do them proud and hand over a very large cheque after I complete the dive.”

To add to Daniel’s fundraising total, go to https://bit.ly/3skBiwh.

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