Reach for the sky

FEARLESS: Andrew and Joanne Turner prepare for their skydive.
FEARLESS: Andrew and Joanne Turner prepare for their skydive.

A BIRKENSHAW couple reached for the sky to raise money for The Stroke Association.

Andrew and Joanne Turner have skydived from 15,000ft - but not content with that, they are now planning to run the Leeds 10k run on July 8.

They chose The Stroke Association because they have several family members who have had strokes.

Andrew’s Aunty Brenda died suddenly from a severe stroke aged 53 last year. Joanne’s dad, David Pyrah, had a stroke in 2005. He was initially unable to talk or move his arm, but has since made a good recovery.

Andrew, 41, an IT manager, said: “When Aunty Brenda died so suddenly as a result of a stroke it was a massive shock to the whole family. We wanted to do something to help, and this money can educate people about the risks of stroke and support stroke survivors to make the best recovery they can.

“The skydive was absolutely awesome; if I can raise an extra £500 I will pay for myself to jump again! We are doing the Leeds 10k to get fit, and hopefully we can move on to half marathons and maybe even marathons!”