Hornchurch fundraisers muscle up the courage to leap from the sky for friend’s sick son

PUBLISHED: 12:16 21 June 2017

(L - R) Nix, Lauren, Louise and Kerry.

(L - R) Nix, Lauren, Louise and Kerry.


A group of friends may not have set a world record in their skydiving attempt but they will always be superheroes in one sick little boy’s eyes.

Kerry landing after her jump.Kerry landing after her jump.

Lucas White is a four-year-old boy, from Hornchurch, who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) - a life-limiting muscle wasting disease - and his parent’s friends have been campaigning to raise money for him ever since.

Louise Pickard, Lauren Purse, Kerry Kettleton and Nix Wilson-Kivlehan decided to raise money for the charities MuscleUp for Lucas and Action Duchenne by taking part in a world record attempt for the most tandem skydives in 24 hours.

The friends joined dozens of other fundraisers on the Saturday at Sibson Airfield, in Peterborough, and whilst they fell short of setting a record Louise was extremely proud of their achievement and the amount of money they’ve raised.

“It was the best day for it, it was clear skies and the perfect weather for jumping and there was quite a few people doing it for different charities, which was lovely,” said Louise. “But the closer we got to our jump time the more nervous we were getting!

Lucas White with a Storm TrooperLucas White with a Storm Trooper

“As we waited we could see the planes going up and the jumpers going out and they looked like little flies and when the parachutes opened it looked so peaceful as they were coming down but as we got nearer to our jump we were like ‘oh my god! oh my god!’

“In the end there was nothing to be nervous about and everyone did for such a great cause.

“I cried when I came back, everyone thought I didn’t enjoy it but I was so overwhelmed with joy and thinking about Lucas and raising the money.”

Katy White hailed her friends as superheroes and thanked them for raising nearly £4,000 from their jump.

“Louise, Lauren, Nix and Kerry are four friends who literally are pushing their personal boundaries to raise lots of money for our MuscleUp for Lucas fund,” said Katy.

“They are our superheroes and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”

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