A mother and daughter will leap for love when they skydive 10,000 feet in memory of their son and brother.
Ian McDonald was 25 years old when he died of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) last year. His unexpected death has left a gaping hole in the lives of his mother Sue Wenman and sister Emma Jones. To pay tribute to Ian the pair have teamed up with six of their friends to take on this challenge close to the first anniversary of his death on May 16, 2013.
They hope to raise thousands of pounds for CRY - Cardiac Risk in the Young - an organisation which supports families who have lost a loved one in this devastating way and researches the causes of SADS. SADS affects young people, under the age of 35, when seemingly healthy young people die unexpectedly of a heart condition.
Mrs Wenman, who lives in Brackley, said: “Ian was a much loved son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew and friend to so many. Ian had an infectious, cheeky personality and was loved by many, many people. Ian had two nieces Aimee, nine, Kaylie, six, and a nephew, Liam, eight, who he adored and they did him.
“Ian was doing well in his career he worked as a loss prevention officer for TK Max which he thoroughly enjoyed and was progressing well within the business and just about to go up for a promotion.
“Ian loved doing things for charity including once dressing up as a princess. He was always up for a laugh and prepared to make a fool of himself for a good cause. Ian had so many friends and was always popular due to his kindhearted nature.
We are truly heart broken by his death from sudden adult death syndrome. He was the rock of the family and will be forever missed. If we can raise awareness of this to help other families, we know we would be making Ian proud.”
The parachute jump will be a challenge for both Mrs Wenman, who works at Towcester Vets, and Mrs Jones, 29 who also lives in Brackley, who suffer from a fear of heights.
Family friend and colleague of Mrs Wenman Lisa Keen said: “Ian used to say ‘nothing is impossible, impossible is nothing’. And that summed him up. He took on anything which is why, had this happened to one of his friends, he would have been there supporting the family. He would have been the first one to do this.”
Mrs Wenman and Mrs Jones will take their jump on June 14 at Brackley. To sponsor them log on to www.justgiving.com/sue-wenman