Friend’s daughter inspires charity skydive

Lara Spooner
Lara Spooner

Taking to the skies in aid of charity is the managing director of a Sheffield based business, who is afraid of heights.

Tomorrow sees David Clarkson, DBL Logisitics MD, taking part in a sponsored skydive raising cash for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

After visiting the hospice he was overwhelmed by the bravery and commitment shown by the children, parents and employees alike. David asked a staff member if there was anything he could do to help out and ended up registering for the 15,000-foot skydive at Lincoln’s Hibaldstow Airfield.

When David agreed to the challenge little did he know that his decision would be ratified by the bravery of a school friend’s daughter and her family.

It was only recently he discovered that six-year-old Lara Spooner, daughter of friend Jeremy, frequently visits the hospice for care for Jouberts Syndrome, a rare genetic condition passed to her by her parents’ recessive gene. Lara’s cerebellum – the base of her brain – is not properly formed, making automatic functions of the brain difficult. Lara cannot swallow, she finds muscle control difficult, and her retina has not formed properly. She also has regular apnea attacks.

“I spoke to Jeremy about whether or not he was okay with me sharing Lara’s story on my personal page and on our business page and he just said it was fine,” said David. “He said the hospice had been invaluable and brilliant to them as a family, which made me feel that what I was doing (the skydive) was even more justified.

To support David’s skydive visit Just Giving