A Percy Hedley School student who defied the odds to complete a sponsored skydive is planning a sixth adrenaline-fuelled jump.
Jimmy Simpson, 18, from South Shields, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth and has been a wheelchair user all his life.
The condition affects Jimmy’s movement, coordination and communication, but he has always enjoyed adrenaline-filled activities including zipwires, free-fall drops and rollercoasters.
A year ago Jimmy decided he wanted to do his first skydive, and after receiving medical clearance he fulfilled his dream and raised over £1,500 after completing a 15,000ft skydive at the Skydive Academy in Peterlee, County Durham.
Jimmy presented a cheque to the school recently alongside his teacher, Rebecca Fletcher, who also completed a skydive, and the money will be split between the Post 16 department, where Jimmy is currently working towards a maths GCSE, and The Percy Hedley Foundation.
One skydive wasn’t enough for thrill-seeker Jimmy, though, and he has now completed five dives with a sixth booked in for February. And if that’s not enough, Jimmy also harbours ambitions of doing a 25,000ft skydive in Portugal.
Jimmy said: “I don’t have time to worry about fear. Since birth I have dealt with circumstances which take courage to deal with. I have cerebral palsy which is a physical condition that occurs as a result of brain damage during birth.
“My condition affects the things others would find easy, but that does not stop me. I’m a thrill seeker and love my life. I enjoy adrenaline filled activities.
My school has helped and supported me since I was three-years-old, they have also encouraged me to believe in myself and focus on what I can do rather than what I can’t.
“For me doing this skydive is a dream, something I have always wanted to do. Allowing me to raise this money will help support me, my friends and the other students at school accomplish our dreams.”