Blind man takes a huge leap of faith for charity!

A BLIND man took a leap of faith into the unknown - by making a parachute jump for charity!

Denaby man Michael Purshouse, 53, made a piggyback leap strapped to an experienced parachutist from a light aircraft thousands of feet above the ground.

He did the jump at an airfield in Brigg, Lincolnshire, along with his daughter Rebecca, 26, her work colleague John Oxley and a family friend, Andrew Robinson.

They mamanged to raise £1,500 for Fighting for the Blind, a charity which helps people with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), a genetic eye condition that gradually leads to permanent blindness.

Mr Purshouse was first diagnosed with RP aged 12, and as an adult around 20 years later he was registered blind and had to finish work.

Recalling the parachute jump in September, he told the times: “It was absolutely fantastic, I enjoyed it much more than I anticipated.

“I must say though, it was quite frightening when we were going up in the plane and just about to jump out. But I would be up for doing it again definitely.”

This was the latest in a long list of charity events he has been involved with, raising hundreds of pounds in the past to help people with RP. He added he hopes to undertake another fundraiser next year.