A MAN from Oakdale will be doing a parachute jump out of a plane later this month to raise money for a poorly four-year-old.
Lee Atkins, 45, aims to raise over £2,000 to send Cameron Holder, and his parents, Donna and Barry, on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Disneyland Paris, ahead of an operation the little boy needs on his bladder.
Cameron has a rare condition called Post-erior Urethral Valves (PUV), which affects his kidneys, bladder, and caused dislocation of both of his hips.
Family friend Lee, said that he wanted to do something nice for the family, ahead of the life-changing operation, which will work to reconstruct a new bladder for Cameron.
Lee said: “I’ve always wanted to do a parachute jump and I realised that every time the Holder family book a holiday, they have to cancel it because of Cameron’s ill health.”
He added: “I’m looking to raise around £2,000 to £3,000 so that we can send them to Disneyland, of which I already have around £800, so I’m hoping we can get there before the jump on March 22.”
Cameron’s mum, Donna, said that the family is totally shocked and flabbergasted that people have thought of them, and have wanted to help.
She added that she was taken aback by other people’s kindness and generosity.
“One of our best friends, Neil Garnett, told us that he is shaving his head shaved to raise money for us as a family.
“Then we received another message to say that Lee was going to do a parachute jump and we were just speechless and so touched.”
She added: “I can’t tell you how grateful we are to Neil and Lee. It just shows that there are some really genuinely kind people in the world and we are lucky enough to know them.”
For more information on Lee’s parachute jump, go to facebook.com/events/ 14847340 25087430