Teenager Matthew Panting to take part in 10,000ft plane jump to raise money for RP Fighting Blindness

Bournemouth Echo: Matthew Panting Matthew Panting

A TEENAGER from Verwood with a rare eye condition is jumping 10,000ft from a plane to raise money for charity.

Matthew Panting is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for RP Fighting Blindness, a charity which researches treatments for Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).

The 18-year-old, who was diagnosed with the degenerative condition two years ago, said: “Despite my poor vision I love adrenaline-fuelled sports, with mountain biking being my speciality. I have always wanted to do a skydive and thought why not do it for charity.”

The youngster, who is studying animal management at Sparsholt College in Hampshire, said following his diagnosis he has learnt to live with the condition, which can cause blindness.

“Obviously I won’t be able to drive and it made school a little bit tricky but I’m coping,” he said.

RP Fighting Blindness supports those affected by the condition and funds research into possible future treatments.

Currently there are no treatments that will halt the progress of RP or reverse its effects.

Mr Panting, who has already raised more than £200 in sponsorship, plans to do the skydive in June at the Old Sarum Airfield in Salisbury. His jump will also form part of a world record attempt.

He said: “I have always wanted to do a skydive and I decided to go one better by taking part in a world record attempt for the most tandem skydives in a day.”

He added: “I'm not nervous yet but I probably will be on the day.”

To visit Mr Panting’s fundraising page go to justgiving.com/matthew-panting1

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4:58pm Sun 27 Apr 14

SympatheticSam says...

I never understand why people do certain things in the name of charity that most would love to do themselves but just can't afford it. Do something like a long walk. Not something enjoyable, maybe then, I'll sponsor you.
I never understand why people do certain things in the name of charity that most would love to do themselves but just can't afford it. Do something like a long walk. Not something enjoyable, maybe then, I'll sponsor you. SympatheticSam
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6:57pm Sun 27 Apr 14

kjr234 says...

Best of luck to you! Hope a prevention or cure is found soon. :)
Best of luck to you! Hope a prevention or cure is found soon. :) kjr234
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10:37pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Coaster66 says...

SympatheticSam wrote:
I never understand why people do certain things in the name of charity that most would love to do themselves but just can't afford it. Do something like a long walk. Not something enjoyable, maybe then, I'll sponsor you.
The point of fundraising is to create interest in order to encourage people to donate. A skydive is far more exciting and interesting than a "long walk". It is therefore likely to raise more money for the charity, the whole point in doing it in the first place!!
[quote][p][bold]SympatheticSam[/bold] wrote: I never understand why people do certain things in the name of charity that most would love to do themselves but just can't afford it. Do something like a long walk. Not something enjoyable, maybe then, I'll sponsor you.[/p][/quote]The point of fundraising is to create interest in order to encourage people to donate. A skydive is far more exciting and interesting than a "long walk". It is therefore likely to raise more money for the charity, the whole point in doing it in the first place!! Coaster66
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