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Skydive trio raising awareness of Huntington’s disease

Sue Cross in the air

Sue Cross in the air

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.

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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