Mum to say thanks

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AN ARBROATH mum is set to take to the skies in aid of a charity that has helped her family.

Jacqueline Watson (22) has shed five stone in 11 months so she can take part in a 10,000 feet skydive to raise money for Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

Jacqueline’s eldest son, three-year-old Logan, was born with Down’s Syndrome and is also partially blind and deaf.

And now she has set a fund-raising target of £500, so she can say a big thank you to the charity.

Jacqueline, who is also a mum to one-year-old Kai, 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.”

Logan, who now attends Inverbrothock pre-school, was only diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome at birth which Jacqueline says was quite a shock.

She explained: “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.

“He was born six weeks early and it all took a while to sink in as he experienced a lot of breathing problems.

“He is also partially blind and partially deaf and he has been in and out of hospital for operations.

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

Jacqueline now has her focus on raising as much money as possible for Down’s Syndrome Scotland next year, even though she is a little apprehensive about the skydive.

She said: “I am really nervous about it but looking forward to it at the same time.

“I’ve set a target of £500 and would be grateful for any support.”

Anybody wanting to sponsor Jacqueline can visit her just giving page on www.justgiving.com/Jacqueline-Watson/

People can also text their support by sending a text message with the word JAXW90 and the amount to 70070.