1st August 2000

 

WHEELCHAIR NO OBSTACLE FOR SKY-DIVING STUDENT

 

Student James Maxted will fulfil his life-long ambition in September when he sky-dives from a plane for charity - despite being a paraplegic.

 

James, 20, who’s studying law and marketing at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, was taken into hospital in 1994 when a blood clot was discovered on his spine. He is now confined to a wheelchair.

 

September’s sponsored sky-dive is in aid of the Spinal Unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield which was where James was cared for after he was taken ill.

 

“The staff at Pinderfields were brilliant,” said James, who’s from Bradford. “They didn’t just help me physically they really showed me and the other patients that we were not alone and that there is life after a spinal injury.”

 

James was just 14 when he suffered the blood clot which left him unable to walk, but it was thanks to staff and the Spinal Unit Recreation Fund that he was able to get out to socialise, and they even helped him with his Christmas shopping.

 

Since the age of five James has dreamed of going up in an aeroplane and then leaping out of it and now he will be able not only to realise that dream, but give something back to those who helped him as a teenager.

 

“I’ll be jumping in tandem with an instructor, so I’ll be safe. It’s an excellent opportunity to fulfil my one ambition, and I hope to raise lots of money for Pinderfields at the same time.”

 

James, who is engaged to be married, is able to live in halls of residence while he studies at the university thanks to the partial conversion of a flat in Court 14, which he shares with other students.

 

To sponsor James you can call him on 0589 852044.

 

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Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042