Corby’s Corinne takes a brave leap for charity

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A care home worker from Corby who is registeered blind took a leap of faith to raise £1,252 for the Stroke Association.

Corinne Kirkton, 24, works at Seagrave House Care Home as a part-time laundary assistant and decided to carry out the jump earlier this year.

Corinne Kirkton, 24, laundary assistant at Seagrave House in Corby, is blind and raised �1,200 in a parachute jump for the Stroke Association

Corinne Kirkton, 24, laundary assistant at Seagrave House in Corby, is blind and raised �1,200 in a parachute jump for the Stroke Association

She raised hundreds of pounds for the Stroke Association in sponsorship and her employers, Avery Healthcare, decided to match every penny she raised.

Last week, Alexa Wigfield, a regional fundraiser for the Stroke Association, visited Corby and met Corinne when she handed over the cheque.

Avery Healthcare’s commercial director, Mark Danis, said: “As an employer Avery is keen to support employees who put in such great efforts to support worthy charities.

“We admire Corinne for her bravery, being registered blind, in doing this for the Stroke Association.

“Avery Healthcare doubled her money so she handed over a cheque for more than £1,200 - how amazing is that for a lovely young girl.”

Corinne, who lives on the Exeter estate, was born with hydrocephalus, a condition where a build-up of excess fluid on the brain can damage cells.

Prior to the jump, she set herself a fundraising target of £500.

She beat that comfortably, and Avery also doubled her sponsorship.

Corinne said: “I’d never tried anything like this before so I was nervous and excited. It was nice to have my mum and friends there to watch.”

Corinne is partially sighted but was not able to wear her glasses during the jump so was effectively blind.

Avery Healthcare has care homes across the UK, including six in Northamptonshire.