Mum takes to the skies for Diabetes charity

Gaynor Dufton will perform a wing walk for charity.
Gaynor Dufton will perform a wing walk for charity.
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A mum will perform a dare-devil stunt to raise money for a diabetes charity.

Gaynor Dufton, from Gildersome, will walk across a plane’s wings, 500ft in the air while travelling at 135mph.

Gaynor Dufton, of Gildersome, who is taking part in a charity skydive.

Gaynor Dufton, of Gildersome, who is taking part in a charity skydive.

She said: “I’m actually quite excited, I’ve done a couple of sky dives before and really enjoyed myself and so I’m looking forward to the wing walk.”

Gaynor’s son Luke was diagnosed with type one diabetes four years ago, when he was nine.

She has taken on this challenge to raise money for Diabetes UK and awareness of the condition.

She said: “The weekend Luke was diagnosed was life-changing.

Gaynor with son Luke, daughter Rebecca and pet dog Max.

Gaynor with son Luke, daughter Rebecca and pet dog Max.

“It was amazing how quickly Luke and the family adjusted to new routines of checking blood glucose levels and injecting insulin, but without the proper support and healthcare I’m not sure it would have been as easy.”

Type 1 diabetes can develop at any age but is predominantly diagnosed in the under 40s and is the most common type of diabetes found in childhood.

It is treated by daily insulin injections, a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

Gaynor, 41, said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge and to raise some funds to help people living with diabetes. It’s important that people receive the care and support to manage their condition effectively so that they can live long, healthy lives.”

For more information or to sponsor visit www.justgiving.com/gaynormarie