Condition won’t stop Helen from skydiving

Photo: SM180712-004ow'Helen Hibbitt, from Stamford, who is doing a skydive to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, which she suffers from.
Photo: SM180712-004ow'Helen Hibbitt, from Stamford, who is doing a skydive to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, which she suffers from.
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A WOMAN will be proving her condition has not stopped her leading a normal life when she jumps out of a plane.

Helen Hibbitt, 31, of Lyndon Way, Stamford, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, known as MS, about six years ago but has never let it get in her way.

On Thursday, she will be doing a charity skydive at Sibson Airfield in Wansford, to raise money for the Swindon Therapy Centre for MS.

Helen, who is married to 34-year-old Wayne, says she is excited about the prospect of the skydive but thinks she will be nervous on the day.

She said: “I have always wanted to do a skydive but I haven’t had the guts. But I want to raise awareness of MS and how devastating it can be.”

Helen was diagnosed with the condition, after she started suffering numbness in her legs following the birth of her second son Freddy, now eight. She put it down to the epidural but when it continued, she went for tests.

She was eventually diagnosed about a year later with relapsing remitting MS, which means the symptoms suddenly appear.

She was forced to give up her job as a police community support officer in Stamford about three years ago.

Helen, who is also mum to 11-year-old Alfie and Poppy, two, said: “I’ve got three children and a husband to look after and I haven’t got time to feel poorly.”

When the symptoms appear, Helen suffers numbness in her leg and loses the sight in her left eye.

She said: “It can be scary when the MS rears its ugly head because you don’t get any warning.

“But I’m not going to sit in a corner and cry. I want to get on with my life as best I can.”

So far Helen, who is originally from Manton, has raised nearly £300 for the charity, which she chose because it is a lesser-known cause which relies on donations. To sponsor her visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/helenhibbett