A BROTHER and sister duo from Dorset are gearing up for a sibling skydive to raise money for The Isabel Baker Foundation.

Jolene and Shaun Diplock are looking to fundraise for the Dorset charity through an online campaign ahead of their jump from 15,000 feet planned for February 6.

The Isabel Baker Foundation, based in Christchurch, provides financial support to bereaved parents as well as the parents of oncology patients forced to spend lengthy amounts of time away from home in order to
visit their child.

It was established in 2015 following the tragic death of one-year-old Isabel Baker after a battle with leukaemia.

The UK government does not provide financial support to people in this predicament and many bereaved parents face being forced to return to work after only eight weeks.

Any excess funding received by the charity goes towards leukaemia and lymphoma research.

The siblings are looking to raise a total of £1,000 from their skydive, with 100 per cent of donations going to the charity as they are paying the costs of the dive themselves.

Shaun, who is based in Weymouth, said: “My sister is a family friend of someone who set up the Isabel Baker Foundation, so that is the motive behind it. My sister is a parent herself so it really hits home for her.

“The charity can provide physical support, counselling or financial support for families having to stay away from their homes.

“I feel it’s a really genuine and helpful charity.”

Isabel Baker Foundation trustee Vicky Turner said: “We really appreciate them throwing themselves out of a plane for us, they are very brave.

“Their efforts are really important to us and we really appreciate it.”

Shaun urged people to visit their JustGiving page and help them to reach their target ahead of the big day.

He said: “It is a great cause for a local charity that steps in to try to make a really positive impact for families going through one of the worst things imaginable.”

To donate to Jolene and Shaun’s fundraising efforts, visit
http://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/jolene-diplock-1 and you can find out more about the Isabel Baker Foundation at www.theisabelbakerfoundation.co.uk.