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Community News & Views | Jackie raises over £6,000 for dogs

A WHEELCHAIR user with a serious neurological condition leapt off the world’s highest commercial bungee jump to raise vital funds for Midhurst charity, Canine Partners.

 

Jackie Kennedy, from Poplar in East London, jumped 709 feet from Bloukrans Bridge in Tsisikamma, South Africa, at the beginning of February to raise funds for the assistance dog charity that transformed her life.

 

“Suddenly I was on the bridge looking at the breath-taking views and I had taken a photograph of the puppy I am sponsoring with me to remind myself why I was hurling myself off of it,” says 53-year-old Jackie.

 

“Before I knew it I was all harnessed up and standing with my toes on the edge and my heart started to race, I was absolutely terrified but pulling out wasn’t an option for me.”

 

Jackie was diagnosed with Cauda Equine Syndrome and spinal stenosis in 2007 and although she underwent two emergency operations, she was left with severe weakness in the lower half of her body and has to use a wheelchair full time.

 

She added: “It was terrifying and exhilarating, the views were magnificent and I am so proud of myself for facing one of my biggest fears.”

 

Jackie has already raised over £6,000 but is aiming for £10,000 to sponsor an amazing puppy from selection at eight weeks old through to being matched with a physically disabled person on the waiting list.

 

To find out more, visit: caninepartners.org.uk

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