1st September 2000
JUMP OF A LIFETIME FOR JASON
Paraplegic Jason Maxted will sky-dive from a plane tomorrow to raise almost £600 for the hospital which cared for when he was first disabled.
Jason, 20, who’s studying law and marketing at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, was taken into hospital in 1994 when a blood clot was found on his spine which now prevents him from walking.
Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Jason was determined to fulfil his lifelong ambition. The jump is in aid of the Spinal Unit at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield and will take place at Grange-over-Sands in Lancashire.
“I’ll be jumping in tandem with an instructor, so I’ll be safe,” said Jason, who’s from Bradford, but lives on the Lincoln campus. “The training only takes about an hour and then we’ll be off – depending on the weather of course.”
Eleven people will jump tomorrow, but all five of those normally in a wheelchair have been assisted by Pinderfields in the past.
Jason was just 14 when was taken into Pinderfields, 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 Jason has dreamed of going up in an aeroplane and then leaping out of it. Now he will be able not only to realise that dream, but also to give something back to those who helped him as a teenager.
“The staff at Pinderfields were brilliant,” he added. “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.”
Jason, 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 Lincoln, which he shares with other students. To sponsor Jason you can call him on 0589 852044.
Press Officer Sam Hendley. Tel: 01522 886042