Paralyzed Soldier to Skydive for a Good Cause

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Adam Langley, 35, who was paralyzed after a skydiving accident, will take the plunge again for a good cause.

Langley, a former Army paratrooper, suffered a spinal injury during a military exercise in Africa in 2002. Now, Langley will participate in a ‘comeback jump‘ to raise money for Southport Hospital’s spinal care unit. The Liverpool hospital cared for Langley after his accident. “I witnessed first-hand the incredible work they carry out and I really want to give something back,” Langley said.

Langley was incapacitated for six months after his parachute failed to open during a dive.

“I was lucky enough to make a full recovery and live a normal life but I want to help those less fortunate by assisting with funding the Center at Southport,” Langley said. Langley, who hopes to raise upwards of £500 for the Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Fund, said people have been incredibly generous on his JustGiving fundraising page. “Despite being an NHS center, they rely on funding to provide things such as equipment for the many extra activities that they carry out, as well as providing children with spinal injuries facilities to go and participate in sports and social clubs and so on,” Langley said.

A father of two, Langley needed his doctor’s consent before skydiving again.

“I was finally told on Friday that I could do it. So now I have mixed emotions. I’m excited, among other things,” he said. Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Fund prides itself on looking after patient welfare, staff education, and equipment at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital sites. “We rely on the generosity of patients, their relatives and others who have benefited from or are appreciative of the care and facilities provided by the hospitals,” the hospital’s site says. Natalie O’Neil, from Farnworth in Manchester, will also take part in an 11,000 ft parachute jump to raise money for Breast Cancer Care, a UK breast cancer charity.

O’Neill said she wanted to ‘give something back’ after doctors saved her sister Danielle’s life.

“It’s just the daily struggle of being poorly and weak with the chemo, it’s heartbreaking, cancer is scary in itself, just hearing the word terrifies people, and because of the fact we lost our dad, it really terrifies us, because I don’t want to be losing a sister as well,” said O’Neill. Danielle, 36, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 while pregnant. She gave birth to a baby girl two months early in order to undergo chemotherapy after a partial mastectomy. Recently, she had her other breast removed as a precaution since she is genetically predisposed to breast cancer.

O’Neill said she wanted to thank those who cared for her sister by raising money for breast cancer care.

“I wanted to do this because of all the support she has had from the doctors and nurses. I just wanted to give something back, so I decided to do a skydive to raise a little bit of money to give back,” O’Neill said. She will take the plunge on July 8. “It sounds odd, but I’m not nervous, it’s something I have always wanted to do, so I’m properly excited to do it.”

Adding that ‘it would mean the world’ if she can meet her £500 fundraising goal.

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