Birthdays are always special times but for one teenager, his 16th birthday will be extra special. Jacob Whitehouse, who has a life threatening brain disease, is receiving a very special present for his 16th birthday this year – a charity parachute jump.
The student from Victoria Education Centre – Livability’s award-winning school for disabled children – will take part in a tandem sky dive with lead instructor Henk Post from GoSkyDive. With permission from his consultant at Poole Hospital, Dr. Mark Tighe – and also with his mum relenting – Jacob’s wish will finally come true.
What are Jacob’s thoughts on the jump? “To try it. To make my mum scared. To compare the feeling of jumping out of a plane to going on a roller coaster.”
As well as fulfilling a dream he’s had for a long time, Jacob is also fundraising for his school and has already reached his fundraising target ahead of the jump. Now he hopes to really boost the money he raises as much as possible.
April Whitehouse, Jacob’s mum said, “Jacob has talked about taking part in a parachute jump for a long time and I have finally given in! Of course I am worried, like any mother would be, but he is determined to do this and to raise as much money as he can for the school”.
Lead instructor at GoSkyDive Henk Post said, “We are so looking forward to taking Jacob up. We have assessed him and with the support of his consultant, Jacob has been given this amazing opportunity which is so exciting”.
Jacob is hoping to reach £1,500 for his school. To sponsor his jump, visit Jacob’s Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/Jacob-Whitehouse