The sky’s not even the limit

HIGH HOPES: Lana Dowle, second left, and brother Max Brimble, centre, with Kaleidoscope Nursery staff Gemma Walsh, left, Jenny Theobold, second right, and Ellie Collins, right,

HIGH HOPES: Lana Dowle, second left, and brother Max Brimble, centre, with Kaleidoscope Nursery staff Gemma Walsh, left, Jenny Theobold, second right, and Ellie Collins, right,

First published in Dorchester

the sky’s not even the limit THE SISTER of a Dorset youngster who survived a life-threatening brain injury is taking to the skies to raise funds for the charity that supports him.

Max Brimble, from Batcombe, suffered a serious brain injury in 2001 when, aged just five, he was kicked in the head by a horse.

Now 18, Max has been bravely battling the injury ever since and receives support from the Headway Dorset charity.

His sister Lana Dowle, 34, decided to raise funds to support the charity as it relies heavily on donations and managed to persuade four friends and colleagues at the Kaleidoscope Nursery in Sherborne to join her in a skydive.

On Saturday she will be joined by Jenny Thebold, Chantelle Matts, Gemma Walsh and Ellie Collins as they head to Salisbury to jump out of a plane from 15,000 feet.

Lana said the event was planned months ago and seemed like it was a good idea at the time, but as the big day drew closer the women were starting to feel the nerves.

She said: “We are all getting a bit nervous now.

“When we arranged and booked it all it was months away but it’s all getting a bit real for everyone now.”

Lana said the team were determined to do their bit and raise as much as they can for Headway so it can continue its fantastic work in supporting Max and others in a similar situation.

She said: “We are jumping to raise money for Headway because they have done a lot with Max as he has got older.

“They are a charity that relies on donations and they have really helped him so we wanted to do something to raise quite a lot of money and thought that would be to jump out of a plane.”

Asked what her brother thought of the women’s charity efforts, Lana replied: “Max thinks it’s a bit crazy.”

To sponsor Lana and her colleagues visit justgiving.com/SkydiveforHeadway For more details about Headway and the charity’s work in the county visit headwaydorset.org.uk.

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