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Claire Castle undertakes tandem skydive in aid of PSP Association
A DAUGHTER whose mother died from a rare brain and spine condition has made a daring parachute jump in her memory a year after she died.
Pauline Stringer had progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and died on October 5 last year.
Exactly a year later, her daughter Claire Castle, from Acomb, made a tandem skydive to raise money for the PSP Association – a charity which gives advice, information and support to people affected by the condition, as well as their families and carers.
Claire, 40, said she had wanted to do a parachute jump for many years, but completing it in memory of her mother was an even bigger achievement.
“When I decided to do it to help the PSP Association the only date I could genuinely get was October 5 this year. I couldn’t believe it as mum had passed away on the same day last year.
“It was like my mum was saying to me she knew that day would be difficult for me so she gave me something else to concentrate on,” said Claire.
PSP is caused by nerve cells in the brain dying, which affects eye movement, balance, mobility, speech and swallowing.
Over time it takes away the ability to walk, talk, eat and communicate effectively Claire’s challenge took place at Bridlington, and so far has raised more than £1,680 for the PSP Association.
Claire, who works at the National Railway Museum, said: “There were various things that had prevented me from doing a jump before. I was going to do one for my 30th birthday and couldn’t, then for my 40th birthday earlier this year and couldn’t.
“The jump was awesome. I have never been so proud of myself.
“The weather was horrendous all day. It wouldn’t stop raining, but I knew if mum really wanted me to do this the sun would shine – and it did.
“My sister travelled up from Lincoln plus my dad and step-mum from Wilberfoss and, along with my husband, they were all there supporting me, which made it all feel even more special.”
“I so wish mum could have been there to witness it all, but I know she was helping me.”
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