Kerry's leap of love for hubby Eddie
THE wife of a former fireman with a fatal nerve-wasting disease threw herself into a fundraising skydive.
Eddie Forbes, aged 46, of Plympton, is battling motor neurone disease (MND).
His wife Kerry took part in a parachute jump alongside her uncle Jimmy Nolan and cousin Ryan Nolan. The trio raised £2,050 for Eddie, which will go towards a laptop with specialist communication equipment.
MND causes rapid muscle wastage and progressive difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.
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Eddie now needs a wheelchair and is increasingly slurring his speech.
He said: "I am so grateful for the continued support and the recent funds will help towards some communication equipment. As motor neurone disease progresses I have developed some speech difficulties so I will rely on some sort of assistive technology to communicate in the near future. All the efforts people do with fundraising makes a huge difference to the quality of my life and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart."
Kerry, aged 41, added: "We want to say a big thank you to everyone for their sponsorship once again. So many people keep giving their support. We are going to buy a new computer which will help Eddie communicate by following his eye movement."
When Eddie was diagnosed with MND in April 2011, he was given around two to four years to live. He was working at Crownhill fire station at the time, before being medically retired.
Firefighters in Plymouth and across the country rallied to raise around £40,000 to fund vital home adaptations.
Friends and city businesses supported the major renovation, which will help Eddie stay at home. Fundraising stunts included a naked calendar, football and rugby matches, raffles, collections, games nights, car washes, fire station open events and a classic fire-engine pull.
Around 50 local firemen worked on the renovation project at Eddie's Plympton home. The parachute jump took place at Dunkerswell Airfield, near Honiton. It coincided with Jimmy's 70th birthday.