Morecambe electrician’s leap of faith for uncle

Darren Forsyth during his parachute jump to raise money for Motor Neuron Disease.
Darren Forsyth during his parachute jump to raise money for Motor Neuron Disease.

A Morecambe electrician took a leap of faith when he jumped out of plane at 15,000 feet in memory of his uncle.

Darren Forsyth and 15 friends took part in the highest tandem skydive to raise money for Motor Neuron Disease.

It was a brilliant experience, none of us had done anything like it before

Darren Forsyth

After losing his uncle, Phillip Wilson four years ago to the disease Darren decided it was time to push himself and give something back to a charity who helped his uncle in his final moments.

Darren said: “The idea came to me when I was watching I’m a Celebrity, my girlfriend said lets do a skydive and it all started from there.

“It was a brilliant experience, none of us had done anything like it before.

“I did it ultimately because my uncle died of MND and my friend Kevin Ward has also been diagnosed.

“My uncle was a massive Liverpool fan, he was just a great guy and it was just an amazing feeling to raise money for a charity that helped him.

“The disease eats away at you really, all your muscles waste away and all your fingers turn black, a lot of people lose their voice. You sort of know what’s going on in your mind but can’t move your body.”

The team had 10 minutes training before the jump to go through landing procedures.

Up to £8,000 has been raised by the team who completed the jump at Black Knights Parachute Centre, in Cockerham.

A free charity night at the Royal Hotel in Morecambe also raised £2,500.

Darren and partner Vanessa Morrison are already planning their next challenge.

He said: “I was lying in bed and I was thinking I’m bored now, what next?

“So we are definitely thinking about doing another charity event.

“We would like to thank all the jumpers who took part on Saturday and thank everyone who has sponsored.

“Also a massive thank you to all the team at Black Knights for making it such a memorable day.”