Newport fundraisers to skydive for child-loss charity

First published in News

A TEAM of daredevils will join a Newport mum when they take the plunge out of aeroplanes to raise money for a charity that supports families who have lost children in infancy or pregnancy.

Jody Jones, from Underwood, is organising and taking part in the 12,000-feet tandem skydive in memory of four babies she lost in pregnancy, including two within eight months.

She will be joined by a group of people from the city who want to help raise cash for the worthy cause, including her teenage niece.

Her fellow daredevils include Jim Griffin, Karl O’Dare, Jessie Wood and Donna Morgan, all from Newport, and there are still spaces available to take part in the skydive on February 15 or 16 in Salisbury.

Jessie, Mrs Jones’ niece, is just 17. But she said it was an important cause and would be thinking of that as she peers out of the plane next month.

“I am terrified, but I know how much they have helped Jody and the family,” added the sixth-form student at Caerleon Comprehensive.

Ms Morgan, better known in the community as ‘Sparkles’, said she hoped to help the charity provide much-needed support to families in the future.

“It’s a very personal issue for me, as I lost a baby during pregnancy myself,” said the 34-year-old, who has three other children.

“But there was no-one for me to talk to, we just put it down to life and you get on with it. If we can help change that by doing this crazy stunt then great. “Because no matter at what stage it happens they are all babies and such loss is tragic.”

Mr Griffin, 30, said: “I have family members who have experienced early infancy death, it’s a good cause to jump for. But I am nervous to say the least about the jump itself.”

Mrs Jones, 36, who along with husband Dylan, 34, has a four-year-old son Toby and seven-year-old son Cai, is now a co-ordinator for the Saying Goodbye charity, part of the Mariposa Trust, which puts on remembrance services for families to remember their lost babies.

The mum-of-two will take inspiration from little Cai who climbed Newport’s Transporter Bridge to raise money for the charity.

“If he can do it so can I,” she said.

To take part email jody.jones@sayinggoodbye.org or to sponsor Jody visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/new portjumpforlove

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