Mother takes 10,000ft plunge in name of son

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A MOTHER whose son has a muscle-wasting condition took a plunge from the sky to raise £2,000 for a charity which could help him.

Natalie Swingler’s son Sam is only five, but his Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy is already taking a grip on his young body so much that by the age of 10 he may be unable to walk.

And while the condition may be currently incurable, his 32-year-old mum is not giving up on trying to help him and many others who suffer the same condition.

Along with 100 other fundraisers she took part in a 10,000ft skydive on February 29 to raise cash in aid of the national Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

She said: “After Sam was diagnosed with the condition I was desperate to do something to help.

“While I may not be able to cure him the least I can do is raise a good amount of cash which could be used to help research his condition.”

Despite the condition, Sam has managed to grow up like any ordinary boy.

He is able to run around and play outside with friends without any major discomfort.

However, the condition will gradually weaken his muscles and leave his joints feeling stiff.

Doctors believe Sam will be wheelchair-bound by the age of 10 and he may need help keeping his heart pumping in later life.

Sam is the second child of Mrs Swingler and her husband James.

The family live in Desborough Road in Rothwell.

Mrs Swingler said: “The skydive was frightening but totally worth it when I reached the bottom.

“Not only was it an amazing experience, but I’d raised the money for charity.”

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has been funding research into treatments and cures for the conditions for more than 50 years.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to Mrs Swingler’s fundraising efforts for the charity can visit www.justgiving.com/Natalie-Swingler.