Daring dad in skydive to say thanks for help

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A BRAVE dad from Annesley Woodhouse will be taking a leap of faith for two good causes when he jumps 12,000 feet out of a plane.

ROBERT LAMB (pictured) is getting ready to do a skydive at Langar Airfield on Tuesday June 5 to raise funds for Bracken Hill special school in Kirkby and the Mansfield-based organisation, A Place To Call Our Own (APTCOO), which supports children with disabilities and additional needs.

Robert wanted to take the challenge to support the organisations who have helped his 11-year-old son, Lewis, who has autism and Tourette’s syndrome.

The 45-year-old, who works for haulage firm Taylor’s, based in Staffordshire, said: “Bracken Hill helps him educationally and with social skills, while APTCOO is like a youth club that helps him to integrate with people.”

It was after speaking to staff at APTCOO that Robert decided to do the skydive.

“They have done it to raise money and they found it rewarding,” he says.

“I am looking forward to it. I will probably only do it once, and it will be an experience.”

Robert is being supported by his family, including his wife, Julie, who is fundraising.

She says: “I am very proud that he is going to do it.

“Bracken Hill and APTCOO have helped us tremendously. They really have done marvellous things

for Lewis.

“It is just our way of saying thankyou to them. They have supported him and continue to support him — and us as a family.”

Friends and family have so far pledged more than £200 towards the challenge. Anyone who wants to sponsor Robert can call reporter Catherine Allen on 01623 450302 — DISPIC NMAC12-1120-2.