Wymondham woman Emily Stehr to sky dive for the MS Trust
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A woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) is planning to sky dive to raise money for a charity which threw her a lifeline after she was diagnosed with the disease.
Emily Stehr, from Wymondham, will jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet in support of the MS Trust.
Ms Stehr said she wanted to do something to help the trust, which helped her after she was diagnosed aged 19.
She said: 'I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, eighteen months ago.
'The MS Trust's online resources helped me and my family understand my diagnosis, aided me in choosing a treatment and getting back to work.'
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Ms Stehr said the disease inspired her to help others with disabilities, and that led to the idea of her doing a sky dive.
She said: 'After my diagnosis, I began working at a local care home for adults with disabilities including MS.
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'I was toying with the idea of taking part in the sky dive, but it was a service user with MS who encouraged me to actually sign up.'
Ms Stehr said she was excited about doing the jump from Beccles Airfield, which would take place on June 22.
She will fall to the ground at a top speed of 120mph during the sky dive.
Ms Stehr said: 'I've always been a thrill seeker, and I'm very excited to do my jump.
'It'll be terrifying going up, but it will be worse for my parents watching from the ground.
'I have been fundraising online and through word of mouth.
'I beat my initial target within the first day and I have now raised more than £750 for the MS Trust.
'Hopefully I can raise £1,000 before my jump.'
The MS Trust provides practical, reliable information and training MS specialist health professionals.
It also runs a website which helps people looking for an MS treatment make the right decisions.
Scores of people across the country sky dive in June for the charity as part of an event called Jump in June. Participants have to sky dive from at least 10,000ft and complete their training as well as the jump on the same day.