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Sky's the limit for mum aiming to make 60th year memorable

Stratford Editorial 13th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE SKY really was the limit for a vertigo sufferer determined to make her 60th year memorable in more ways than one.

Anna Kingsley’s son Theo died unexpectedly the day before her birthday in 2008 and since then, she has fund-raised for a number of causes including the British Heart Foundation and Welcombe Hills School where Theo was a pupil.

But rather than organising a big party to celebrate her milestone 60th, Anna decided to spend 12 months completing 60 challenges in memory of the youngster.

Anna, from Newbold-on-Stour, took part in a sponsored zumbathon earlier this year and used the proceeds to create special garden boxes filled with plants and equipment, which she recently donated to Heart of England Mencap.

She has also given musical equipment to those attending the Cliffod Chambers-based charity’s day activity group, Pathway.

But her latest effort – a skydive alongside her 16-year-old son Alexander and friend Pete Emerson – was easily the biggest challenge yet.

The proceeds from the skydive – just over £700 – will now be used to purchase boxes of musical equipment for Pathway.

She said: “Music and nature brought Theo a lot of joy so it feels very fitting to donate equipment to allow others to enjoy both.

“The skydive was a real challenge for me – especially because I can suffer vertigo – but I did actually enjoy it and I am so pleased to say I have done it!”