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Gus is ready to take the plunge for charity

Apr 17 2003

NOT many of us would tackle a fear of heights by doing a 10,000ft skydive, but Gus Smith is doing exactly that.

The Brockham man has had Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for many years and is hoping to raise money for the MS Trust and raise awareness of MS on Saturday.

The intrepid feat follows National MS Awareness Week which finished last week.

Mr Smith, of Tynedale Road, has admitted he hates heights and is looking forward with trepidation to the skydive, which involves being harnessed to an instructor, free-falling for 5,000 feet then parachuting the remaining distance.

It will take place at an RAF parachute centre in Salisbury.

He said: "Unlike many with MS I have full mobility but I do suffer from chronic fatigue so am unable to attempt marathon walks or anything which involves being on my feet for too long.

"The skydive seems an ideal, if daunting way in which I can try to raise money for the trust. I've never tried fundraising before so I'm unsure of what I can achieve, but £500 looks possible given the enormous generosity of people contacted so far."

The MS Trust is a leading UK charity supporting the 250,000 people affected by MS in the UK.

There is no cure for MS but the trust works to ensure that everyone diagnosed with MS has access to an MS specialist nurse.

This is the charity's 10th anniversary and it is hoped that this year the halfway mark will be surpassed, on the way to reaching the target of 300 MS nurses.

If you would like to sponsor Gus's skydive, or obtain further details, please telephone Gus on 01737 842296

Alternatively, you can pledge via his sponsorship web page at

Anyone interested in jumping themselves or finding out more about the trust should contact the fundraising team on 01462 476707.

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