Disabled Todd could realise sky dive dream

A disabled Sidmouth boy who organised a sponsored sky dive which raised over a thousand pounds for a charity close to his heart has been given hope that he can do it himself in the future.

Todd Whitrow, 12, from Winslade Road has peripheral neuropathy, a condition which confines him to a wheelchair at school, and will eventually cost him the use of his arms and legs.

Last Thursday he watched his mother and stepsister make the jump which he arranged to help the Family Fund, which gives grants to families with disabled children.

“He loved it,” said his mother. “He just wanted to be doing it himself.”

Over �1100 was raised and both Todd and the charity were said to be “over the moon”.


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The schoolboy’s dream could become reality after instructors at the Dunkeswell airfield revealed they do take disabled people, and Todd could do a tandem dive once he turns 16, subject to his condition.

His mother added: “He’s just happy that he can do what he can to help these families before its too late for him.”

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The 12-year-old now has to wear splints on his legs and a jacket for his spine and is concentrating on further tests into his condition.

His fundraising drive began with a sponsored wheelchair ride earlier this year.

The �1100 total included money raised by the Emmanuel Baptist Chu

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