Jamie jumps for wheelchair cash

Jamie Carter gives the thumbs up on his fundraising skydive
Jamie Carter gives the thumbs up on his fundraising skydive
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A BINBROOK teenager swapped wheels for wings in a bid to raise the final amount of money needed for his racing wheelchair.

After being selected to be fast-tracked through to UK Athletics for wheelchair racing, Jamie Carter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 16 months, has been busy raising money.

He has been helped in his efforts to raise the £5,000 needed by family and friends who have done a number of sponsored events to help him reach his total.

The athletic 16-year-old took to the skies at Hibaldstow airfield recently, along with his wheelchair basketball coach Graham Burkitt.

As he readied himself for the jump, Jamie said he was “buzzing”.

And when the plane reached 10,000 feet, he didn’t think twice about jumping out with his tandem jump buddie H.

There was no stopping the smile on Jamie’s face as he soared through the air.

And there was only one word to describe the experience when he landed - “Awesome!”

“That was the best feeling ever,” he said.

“I would definitely do it again.”

In total, 12 people made the jump for Jamie, over three days, including Jamie’s dad Gary.

“I would like to say thanks very much to everyone who has jumped and done other events to help me raise the money,” added Jamie.

“Now let’s get racing!”

Jamie raised about £1,000 with his jump, which was the culmination of his bid to raise the £5,000 for his wheechair and rollers, enabling him to train inside when the weather isn’t so good.

Jamie’s custom-made wheelchair is now on order and should be ready in a few weeks time.

As well as raising the initial money for his equipment, Jamie is still looking for sponsorship for the on-going costs, such as gloves, competition fees and travelling.

For more information call 01472 399280 or 07766 975125.

Alternatively drop into Footprints shoe shop in Market Place walk, Market Rasen and speak to his mum Sandra.