Carolyn takes plunge for sight-loss charity

Carolyn Sinclair is preparing for her first parachute jump for charity
Carolyn Sinclair is preparing for her first parachute jump for charity

An Inverurie woman is taking on a daring challenge in support of the sight-loss charity RNIB Scotland.

Mother-of-two Carolyn Sinclair is planning to raise funds by making her first parachute jump along with friends.

The event is pencilled in for Strathallan airfield in Perthshire in April.

Carolyn, 28, was helped by RNIB after suddenly losing her sight two years ago.

Although she has since recovered some of her vision, it prompted her to devote her efforts to helping the charity.

The mum said: “RNIB Scotland was there to give me support when I first lost my sight and helped me come to terms with how my life would change. Now I want to help the work they do.”

Carolyn wanted to help ensure that blind and partially-sighted children have access to the same range of books as her children. The money she wants to raise from the venture will go towards adding another book in audio and braille to RNIB’s ‘talking book’ library.

Her parachute jump is planned for Sunday, April 16, with training in the morning and, weather permitting, the real thing in the afternoon.

She said: “My own personal feelings about jumping out of a plane from 10,000ft swing wildly from very excited, to apprehensive, to sheer terror.”

Friends Nicola Ewen, Kevin Cormie, Susan Ritchie and Emma Davidson will accompany her.

Previously, Carolyn has done two 5km mud-runs, a ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge, a Munro climb and organised a local race-night for the charity.

To date, she has raised more than £2,300, three-quarters of the way to the cost of producing two children’s talking books.

She has been collecting sponsorship pledges from friends and family for her group skydive, and through an online Just Giving page.

And there is still space on the plane for anyone wanting to support the team.

Carolyn added: “We still have room for two more people to make the jump.

“So if you’d like to join us in taking a step into the unknown for RNIB talking books just let me know.”