A thrilling way to fund-raise

Sonia and Michael Anderson did a skydive in Peterlee, County Durham, to raise money for the Crohns and Colitis UK charity.
Sonia and Michael Anderson did a skydive in Peterlee, County Durham, to raise money for the Crohns and Colitis UK charity.

A mother and son took to the skies in aid of a good cause.

Sonia Anderson runs the Dewhirst Mill outlet store on the outskirts of Ashington with her husband Alistair.

Their son Michael was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease – a condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system or gut – in 2013.

He wanted to do something notable to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK and when he felt that his body would not allow him to train for the Great North Run, the 26-year-old looked into other activities and selected a skydive at an airfield in Peterlee, County Durham.

Joining him at 10,000ft was Mrs Anderson and although the first date was postponed, they recently did the tandem skydive. Between them, they have so far brought in more that £1,300 for the charity.

Alistair Anderson said: “They both really enjoyed the experience, in fact they said they would have done it again on the same day if they were given the opportunity.

“We’re very proud of Michael for thinking of others with the same or similar conditions by doing such a fund-raising activity.

“We’re very grateful to all those who have made a donation online or in the store.”

Dewhirst Mill sells fashion, shoes, accessories and gifts, among other items. Five other members of the family, including Michael, currently work at the store.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK fund-raises for welfare services and research and provides information and support to those with colitis, Crohn’s disease and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease.

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MichaelAndaz or www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sonia-Anderson