Blind Michael’s leap of faith

Michael Purshouse, 53, of Denaby, pictured at the front with his guide dog May, is completing a skydive for charity. Pictured with him are his comrades L-R daughter Rebecca Purshouse, 26, of Conisbrough, John Oxley, 33, of Wakefield, and Andrew Robinson, 35, of Conisbrough, whose employers Balfour Beatty have helped sponsor the event. Picture: Liz Mockler D9577LM.

Michael Purshouse, 53, of Denaby, pictured at the front with his guide dog May, is completing a skydive for charity. Pictured with him are his comrades L-R daughter Rebecca Purshouse, 26, of Conisbrough, John Oxley, 33, of Wakefield, and Andrew Robinson, 35, of Conisbrough, whose employers Balfour Beatty have helped sponsor the event. Picture: Liz Mockler D9577LM.

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A MAN who has been blind for 20 years is set to take a courageous leap into the unknown – by making a parachute jump for charity.

Michael Purshouse (53), from Denaby, will take the plunge on September 17 at Brigg, for the charity Fighting for the Blind.

He will make the “piggyback” jump with an experienced parachutist from a light aeroplane thousands of feet above the ground.

Also making leaps for charity on the day will be Michael’s daughter Rebecca, 26, her work colleague John Oxley and a family friend, Andrew Robinson. Michael’s wife, Catherine, has organised the event.

Fighting for the Blind helps people with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a genetic eye condition that gradually leads to permanent blindness.

Michael said: “I was first diagnosed with RP when I was 12 years old. By the age of 30 I had to finish work and was registered blind.”

For many years Michael used a white cane but for the last year he has had a loyal guide dog, three-year-old May.

Anyone wishing to support Michael’s fundraising stunt can visit the Facebook page Jump For Sight and donate via Paypal.