Mum takes to the skies in aid of national charity

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A YOUNG Arbroath mum is flying high after raising over £1,000 for a charity that has helped her family.

Jacqueline Watson completed a sponsored skydive at Glenrothes last Sunday in a fund-raising stunt for Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

And her £1,000 total is more than double her initial target, which was set last year.

Jacqueline chose to support Down’s Syndrome Scotland, as they have been invaluable to her and her family as her eldest son Logan, aged three, suffers from the condition.

He is also partially blind and deaf but that doesn’t stop him being a happy little boy and he attends Inverbrothock Nursery,

To prepare for the skydive, Jacqueline, who is also mum to one-year old Kai, had to shed five stones in 11 months.

But it was something Jacqueline was determined to do to help the charity and she was cheered on during the skydive by her two sons and husband Scott.

She said: “The charity has been very good to us and through them we have met other families experiencing the same thing and they have given us a lot of support.

“We go once a month to a meeting in Newport. You don’t feel so alone when you see other children the same and it’s been really useful to speak to other parents at these events.

“My target was £500 so I’m absolutely delighted with the total.”

Logan’s diagnosis with Down’s Syndrome came as a shock to Jacqueline and her family but now Logan is thriving thanks to being provided with a buddy dog called Faye from Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Jacqueline added: “It was very hard and a shock because I’m quite young and the blood test came back saying it would be low risk so we never even thought of it.

“But now he goes to nursery like all other children.”