Skydive trio raising awareness of Huntington’s disease

Sue Cross in the air

Sue Cross in the air

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A TRIO from Shoreham took to the sky to raise money and awareness for Huntington’s disease.

Mark Dewey, Michele Silsby and Sue Cross formed Team Skydive for a 10,000ft tandem skydive over Salisbury last Saturday.

Team Skydive, from left, Michele Silsby, Mark Dewey and Sue Cross

Team Skydive, from left, Michele Silsby, Mark Dewey and Sue Cross

Sue’s mum, Liz Cross, suffers with the disease and a predictive test has revealed Sue also carries the gene.

She said it was not known when her symptoms would start, but she was able to lead a normal, healthy life at the moment.

Sue added: “Huntington’s disease is an inherited disorder that causes degeneration of brain cells.

“This results in a progressive loss of mental ability, control of movement, changes in personality and at the moment there is no cure for this disease.”

It was Sue’s idea to do a skydive for the Huntington’s Disease Association and Michele and Mark decided to join in because the charity was also close to their hearts.

Sue said: “To date, Team Skydive has raised nearly £2,000, which is amazing.”

She thanked everyone who had sponsored them and said donations could still be made via the Team Skydive page at www.justgiving.com/skydiveforhd

 

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