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Family bungee jump inspired by Starston mother’s battle with motor neurone disease

17:22 27 September 2012

From left, Ross, Daryl, Meryl and Joel Keeble who each did a 160ft bungee jump in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association after their mother, Janet, from Starston, was diagnosed with the disease.

From left, Ross, Daryl, Meryl and Joel Keeble who each did a 160ft bungee jump in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association after their mother, Janet, from Starston, was diagnosed with the disease.

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An actress, inspired by her mother’s battle with motor neurone disease, has faced her fear of heights to do a 160ft bungee jump for charity.

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Meryl Keeble’s mother, Janet, from Starston, was diagnosed with MND in 2011 and so Meryl, 30, and her brothers Daryl, 38, Joel, 35, and Ross, 33, took a leap in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

They jumped at Grafham Water Park, near Huntingdon, on Sunday, September 23, and have so far raised more than £5,700 for the charity.

Meryl, who has appeared in TV series Kingdom, said: “Thank you to everyone who donated to our sponsored bungee jump.

“It was a horrible day and rained constantly. I was extremely scared and I was actually crying as I was going up in the crane lift to do the jump.

“However, the UK Bungee Team and the family and friends who came and supported us were amazing and helped us achieve our goal.

“The experience was over very quickly and was nothing compared to the constant battle that my mum and dad face every day.”

Daryl and Joel, who live in Alburgh and Wortwell respectively, have been running the family business, Harleston Tyre Services on the industrial estate, since their father, Keith, retired to become his wife’s full-time carer. Ross, who lives in Yorkshire, is the the only one of the four who had done a bungee jump before.

MND is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting, causing progressive paralysis and eventual death. MND can affect how people walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe.

Speaking before the jump, Meryl said: “Through doing this bungee jump, we hope to help find a cure for this horrific disease and support those people and families who are affected by it.”

If you would like to donate, there is still time. You can email Meryl at merylkeeble@hotmail.co.uk and she will add you to her paper sponsorship form or you can visit www.justgiving.com/thekeeblebungeejump

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