Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Daredevil mum’s high flying feat

11:30 30 March 2014

Todd Whitrow with his mum Pam. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 4533-20-12TI To Order a copy of this photo visit and click on myphotos24

Todd Whitrow with his mum Pam. Photo by Terry Ife ref shs 4533-20-12TI To Order a copy of this photo visit and click on myphotos24


A DAREDEVIL mum will take to the skies again to boost her 14-year-old son’s efforts to help others before an incurable condition robs him of the use of his arms and legs.

Pam and Todd Whitrow, of Manstone Avenue, have embarked on a mission to boost families like theirs since the Sidmouth College student was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in 2011.

Wing walking is the next fundraising frolic for Pam, who has already taken on a sky dive.

Todd, who is confined to an electric wheelchair at school, has juggled hospital appointments with masterminding fundraising exploits and his studies. The progressive disease he suffers from causes muscles and sensation to deteriorate and Todd will eventually lose the use of his limbs.

He is often in pain, has lost some feelings in his hands due to nerve endings dying and his legs are completely numb below his knees.

Todd and Pam have already raised more than £1,000 for the Family Fund - the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children.

“We are once again raising money for them as the charity is a much needed resource for many different individuals in the UK,” said Pam.

“Todd is progressively worsening, which he is very sensitive to, and knows that one day the facilities that it offers will be very useful for us. If we can do activities to raise money for the much needed charities that support the people in the UK, then everyone is a winner.

“Todd wants to do lots of things but due to his spine and his age he is unable to.

“Todd will support me in the next couple of months prior to the walk. Maybe one day he will be able to do and experience these things himself.”

Pam will take part in the wing walk, which will see her strapped to a rig on top of a plane, in June.

To sponsor her, visit:


Other News Stories

29 minutes ago

These photos of the Royal Clarence Hotel are thought to the last ever taken before the historic building was ravaged by fire, ripping through the building from a gallery next door. The images were taken by a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary.

Read more
59 minutes ago

Exmouth firefighters were among the early crews battling to prevent a blaze raging through a Cathedral Yard gallery from spreading to the historic Royal Clarence Hotel - the oldest hotel in the UK. The fire service expects to be on-scene for the next 24 hours.

Read more
22 minutes ago

Burglars stole several items of great sentimental value

Read more
59 minutes ago

More pictures of the Exeter fire.

Read more

Devon and Cornwall Police have said road closures will remain in place overnight as fire fighters continue to tackle a blaze in Cathedral Yard.

Read more

This is the moment an Exeter postgrad astrophysic saw the roof of the historic Royal Clarence Hotel catch fire.

Read more

Chief reporter, Becca Gliddon, captures the atmosphere.

Read more

A special service will be held at Exeter Cathedral at 5.30pm this evening (Friday).

Read more

Photographer Jolyon Holroyd, brought up in Budleigh Salterton, managed to snap the moment fighter fighters tackled the blaze from above.

Read more

Staff dressed in orange and black as they joined a campaign to Stand Up to Cancer.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications