First prize Steve’s skydive will help AMD sufferers

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A fundraiser from Kettering is preparing for his next money-making events in honour of his grandmother, who is losing her eyesight.

Builder Steve Carson not only will take to the skies for a tandem skydive but is also offering himself as first prize in a raffle.

The 47-year-old will leap from a plane on Saturday (March 26) for the AMD Society, which raises funds and awareness of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Disease (AMD), from which his beloved grandmother Lillian Watson suffers.

His ‘Nanny Lil’ is slowly losing her eye sight due to AMD and although very keen to do a parachute jump, the 96-year-old has been told to keep her feet safely on the ground after she had a heart attack.

Steve said: “Nan always wanted to do a skydive but due to ill health she can’t, so I offered to do it for her instead.

“Unfortunately she won’t be able to leave the home to watch so the jump will be filmed, with audio, so I can’t swear or Nan will slap me.”

Thorndale Care Home in Kettering, where Lillian lives, is selling raffle tickets to give people the chance to win Steve’s services for a day.

To sponsor him go to