Braving new heights

FOR STEVEN: Ryan Kirton with sky dive trio Russell Hammond, Glen Berry and Sharon Hammond, alongside Olivia Kirton.
FOR STEVEN: Ryan Kirton with sky dive trio Russell Hammond, Glen Berry and Sharon Hammond, alongside Olivia Kirton.

THREE friends of the late Steven Kirton are on a high after completing a dizzying sky dive from 15,000 feet.

The trio – Sharon Hammond, her brother Russell and cousin Glen Berry – leapt from a plane three miles in the air over Lincolnshire to raise money for a Motor Neurone Disease (MND) charity in memory of Mr Kirton, through his tribute.

They hope to raise more than £3,000 from the tandem sky dive and were cheered on by Mr Kirton’s two children, Ryan and Olivia.

“I don’t like flying but I thought that the sky dive would show how serious we were about doing this for Steven,” Sharon said.

“When we were in the air a girl from another group bottled it. I was nervous, but there was no way I could not do it.

“I couldn’t breathe when I jumped out but once you come around and realise what’s going on, it’s a really weird feeling. You’re falling at about 188 miles-per-hour.”

Sharon had known Steven since she was 16 years old and Glen had known him even longer.

When the three fundraisers took the plunge in the memory of their old friend they were surprised by the generosity of local people willing to donate to the MND charity.

Sharon’s company, Borg Warner Turbo Systems, in Bradford, has pledged a substantial sum to the charity as well.

Despite the daunting three-mile free fall, Sharon hopes to continue to contribute to the fund with other events next year.

Sharon added: “We’re looking at doing a solo sky dive next year to raise even more money for Steven. He was such a wonderful person we just want to get as much as we can for the charity.”