I’ll sky­dive – after my para­chute failed

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY KATE LALLY kate.lally@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @kate­lal­lyx

ASOLDIER who was paral­ysed for six months after his para­chute failed to open prop­erly is to do a sky­dive to raise money for South­port Hospi­tal.

Adam Lan­g­ley, now 35, was serv­ing as a para­trooper with the Army in Africa in 2002, when he suf­fered ex­ten­sive spinal injuries dur­ing a mil­i­tary ex­er­cise.

As part of his treat­ment, he came un­der the care of South­port Hospi­tal’s spinal care unit.

Adam said: “I was been lucky enough to make a full re­cov­ery and live a nor­mal life but I want to help those less for­tu­nate by as­sist­ing with fund­ing the cen­tre at South­port.

“De­spite be­ing an NHS cen­tre, they rely on fund­ing to pro­vide things such as equip­ment for the many ex­tra ac­tiv­i­ties that they carry out, such as pro­vid­ing chil­dren with spinal injuries fa­cil­i­ties to go and par­tic­i­pate in sports and so­cial clubs and so on.

“I wit­nessed first-hand the in­cred­i­ble work they carry out and I re­ally want to give some­thing back.”

Adam, who lives in Up Hol­land, said the thought of parachut­ing again ter­ri­fied him. He added: “Of course I’m scared! “A lot of peo­ple think I’m mad – maybe I am – but I’m hop­ing that my story will inspire peo­ple to dig deep and sup­port me. “And surely it can’t hap­pen twice...” The dad-of-two said that he had to get his doc­tor’s con­sent for the jump – and at one point he wasn’t sure he would get the okay.

He con­tin­ued: “I was fi­nally told on Fri­day that I could do it. So now I have mixed emo­tions. I’m ex­cited, among other things.”

Adam is hop­ing to raise £500 for the hospi­tal’s spinal unit – and peo­ple have flocked to his Just­Giv­ing page to leave well wishes.

Sam Bowring posted: “Good luck big lad. Takes some balls to do that again!”

Natalie Gabriel said: “I’d love to do a para­chute jump but haven’t got the bot­tle! Well done for over­com­ing that fear of do­ing it again!”

To spon­sor Adam, or to find out more, go to just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/adamlan­g­ley3

Adam Lan­g­ley was paral­ysed for six months after his para­chute failed – and now he will do a sky­dive to raise money for South­port Hospi­tal’s spinal injuries unit. He is seen with wife Jo and kids Jes­sica and James

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