Warren takes brave jump for the RNIB

A STUDENT who lost his sight four years ago is now taking a break from his studies to take part in a tandem parachute jump for charity.

Warren Wilson will become a daredevil for the day to raise money for sight loss charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

The 21-year-old, who is registered blind, began losing his sight at the age of 17 due to the eye condition Lebers Optic Neuropathy.

Since then he has been getting on with his life with the help of RNIB’s services, including gadgets to help him live an independent life, a talking book reader for his university work and most recently, the provision of a specially adapted football so he can continue to have a kick-about with his friends.

“I am really excited about giving this a go to raise money for RNIB,” said Warren, who attends Anglia Ruskin University.

“The charity has helped so many blind and partially sighted people like me live their lives independently, it’s great to be able to give something back and have a new experience at the same time.”

The skydive is organised by the charity and is taking place on October 15 at Sibson Airfield in Peterborough.

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It is a big step into the unknown for Duxford resident Warren, although thrill-seeking must run in the family...his granddad performed the same stunt a year ago.

“I am a bit nervous but if my granddad can do it then I can’t be a chicken about it,” he joked.

Aishah Zaman, from RNIB, explained how important it is that people raise funds for the charity: “It’s wonderful when people help RNIB raise vital funds by pushing themselves to do something they wouldn’t normally do. We wish Warren the best of luck with his challenge and hope that he has lots of fun.

“Every day another 100 people in the UK begin to lose their sight. Nearly 70 per cent of RNIB’s work to support blind and partially sighted people is funded by the public.

“Our services are only available thanks to generous fundraisers like Warren and his supporters.”

• To sponsor Warren visit justgiving.com/skydive4rnib or to take part in the skydive register at rnib.org.uk/rnibskydive

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