A CHESTER mum has taken to the skies to raise funds for her son’s school.
Artist Lesley Halliwell jumped out of an aeroplane at 10,000ft to help create an intermediate classroom at Dee Banks School.
Lesley’s son Patrick, eight, has the rare brain disorder lissencephaly and attends the Boughton school.
She said: “It was amazing. I can’t really describe the feeling of falling at 130mph!”
Lesley took up the challenge when her friend Kirsten Mavers, declared that she wanted to celebrate her 50th birthday by doing 50 things she’d never done before.
“I thought rather than watch her, I ought to join in and raise money,” said Lesley.
The duo completed their challenge at Tavistock airfield on Friday, September 2.
“It was a real challenge for me,” said Lesley. “But nothing compared to the challenge that pupils at Dee Banks face on a daily basis.”
Lesley has already raised £250 from her jump but hopes to top £300. The money will be used to enhance the multi-sensory environment of a new intermediate room at the school.
“Patrick will be nine in October and should be moving from the primary to the senior class,” explained Lesley.
“But because the age range in the senior class is from seven to 19, the school has decided to create an intermediate class.”
To make a donation cheques can be sent to Ros Larkins, Dee Banks School, Sandy Lane, Chester CH3 5UX.