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Care Home Staff Take a 10,000ft Leap of Faith to support Co-Workers Son Diagnosed with Leukodystrophy

Published: Tuesday 15th September 2020

Ashworth Grange self-confessed ‘dare-devil duo’, Sharon Hudson, 47, and Caroline Williams, 47, have completed a 10,000 ft tandem skydive in support of their co-worker Heather Bond, whose son has been recently diagnosed with rare progressive brain disease, Leukodystrophy.
Heather, 30 and her partner James Newsome, 31 from Liversedge were given the heart-breaking news about their 3-year-old son Eli’s life shortening disease in early June and intends to spend as much time making special memories with him as possible.
The duo completed their courageous skydive on the 5th of September at Grindale, Bridlington in North Yorkshire. The care team reached their initial target of £1000 within just four days of launching the Go Fund Me page and have since gone on to raise another £1340 which will go towards special trips out for Eli and his family and specialised mobility equipment.
Care Manager, Sharon Hudson, said ‘the whole Ashworth Grange team was devastated by the news and we immediately began thinking of ways we could try to help Heather and her family during this extremely difficult time’.
‘In the past we have successfully raised money for Dementia UK by completing sponsored skydives and thought this would be a great way to do the same for Eli. We have been delighted by the response from our residents families and the local community and I am looking forward to hearing about all the special memories Eli and his family make with the money we have raised’.
Regional Trainer, Caroline Williams, said ‘This was our second sponsored skydive, so we felt much more confident about our jump! I think all the nerves melt away when you know how important and personal the cause is too. I am so pleased to see how many people have generously donated; it really is heart-warming to see everybody come together for Heather and her family’.
Leukodystrophy is a rare and progressive disease that affects the brain and spinal cord and often the peripheral nerves. Sadly, leading to abnormal development of the white brain cells and has shortened young Elis life expectancy considerably.
Eli’s Mother, Heather Bond, said, ‘Both myself and James have been so overwhelmed with the response from our family, friends, co-workers and people in our local community. It is not until something like this happens you realise how kind and generous people really are and I am so happy to be surrounded by the most supportive people. When Sharon told me about the skydive I was gobsmacked at how much they wanted to help and the money they have raised will really help us to make some valuable memories with Eli’.  
To donate to Heather and Eli please click here.
Ashworth Grange is operated by Ideal Carehomes and has been awarded a ‘Good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission. All 64 bedrooms at the residential care home are en-suite, enabling staff to deliver dignified and person-centred care. Boasting spacious lounges, a hair salon and cinema room, residents enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities, managed by a dedicated Lifestyle Manager. To contact Ashworth Grange, please call 01924 869 970 or click here