Taylor’s brave leap for charity

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An inspirational young man who lost his sight as a teenager has jumped out of a plane at 10,000ft to help Saint Catherine’s Hospice.

Taylor Vasey, 20, has a very rare life-limiting condition which causes a hearing impairment and left him blind at 17.

But when he heard that his support worker was planning to do a skydive for Saint Catherine’s he had only one question. “I asked if I could do it as well,” he said. “I thought it sounded like fun, a good adrenalin buzz.”

The idea also got mum Sue’s adrenalin pumping – though not in quite the same way. “I was absolutely mortified,” she said. “I thought he’d never be able to do it.” Now she couldn’t be more proud after Taylor proved her wrong by jumping from a plane two miles up and raising hundreds of pounds for the hospice.

Taylor got involved in the challenge through his support worker, Sarah Thornton. She had decided to do the jump with her friend, Emma Wilson, who wanted to help the hospice after losing two people very close to her. Emma’s brother lost his partner, Marie Tyson, to cancer 10 years ago aged just 28. And Emma’s cousin, Jacqueline Garrington, died this summer aged 53 after weeks of care in Saint Catherine’s.

Speaking about the jump, Taylor said: “The first two seconds were the worst - the scariest moments of my life - but after that it was amazing.”

Watching from below was his mum who saw him make a perfect landing. “He had such a big smile on his face,” she said. “I burst into tears. I was just so glad he was down.”

To make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/TAYLORVASEY or send the message FBVV81 followed by the amount to 70070. Or call the hospice on (01723) 378406.