Skydive mum to help carers take a break

Skydiving mum Nicola Clarke from Milton Keynes
Skydiving mum Nicola Clarke from Milton Keynes

A city mum who has children with autism is to skydive 10,000 feet this weekend to help a carers charity.

Nicola Clarke will make the brave leap near Oxford on Saturday, September 19 to raise funds for Carers MK, the charity which promotes and supports the wellbeing of family carers.

As a mother of three sons, two of which have autism, all the money which Nicola raises will be used by Carers MK to pay for a group of parent carers of children with autism, special needs and learning disabilities to spend a day at Thomley in Oxfordshire - an activity centre for people with disabilities and their families.

Nicola has often found it hard in terms of provision and suitable play areas for her sons, and recently discovered Thomley which has an extensive soft play area with a sensory room and a variety of tactile equipment – perfect for children with autism and other special needs or learning disabilities.

Many of the parent carers which Carers MK supports have limited funds or cannot drive, and so the money Nicola raises will enable a group of local parents of children with a disability, autism or special educational needs to spend the day at Thomley enjoying the facilities it provides.

Nicola said: “As a parent carer of two boys with autism I have found it a struggle, and having met other parents in similar situations through Carers MK, I decided that I want to do something to help. I really want to raise a much money as I can to help give parents and their children a special day out at Thomley which caters for their needs. I am really looking forward to my parachute jump, although a little nervous!”

Nicola is looking to raise more than £1000 for Carers MK - if you would like to support Nicola visit www.justgiving.com/Nicki-Clarke1