A mother and son from Boston are in for a hair-raising Hallowe’en this year when they leap 10,000ft from a plane.
Diane Law and her autistic son Alex will brave a parachute jump to raise £800 for Mind – the mental health charity.
Although the pair have no plans yet to don any spooky fancy dress on the day, the view looking down to earth from the plane may turn them as white as a ghost.
“I expect I will be very nervous on the day but I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” said Diane.
The 52-year-old admits she wanted to try something adventurous like a skydive before she was ‘too old’.
“Call it a mid-life crisis if you like, but I can’t afford a sports car,” she joked.
“But I thought if I was going to do something like this I would like it to be for a good cause. I saw a link from Mind and decided to go for it. When I told Alex about it, he asked if he could do it as well.”
Eighteen-year-old Alex was diagnosed with autism when he was two.
Diane said: “His case is very mild, but even so he has struggled to feel accepted and fit in, especially at secondary school.
“In primary school friends were more understanding, but at secondary friendship groups drifted away and he was viewed and treated as an ‘outsider’.
“I can appreciate how many people suffer from a form of depression or anxiety linked to peer pressure and other issues affecting their mental health.”
She added: “Alex is now enjoying college and his confidence is growing. But I feel he did miss out on a lot of socialising in secondary school.”
According to Mind, one in four of people will experience a mental health problem each year.
The skydive is set to take place at Bingham, Nottingham on October 31.
l To sponsor Diane and Alex visit www.justgiving.com/Diane-Law2.