Teenager’s skydive raises more than £500 for muscular dystrophy research

Danny Parker, from Newmarket, shed five stone to complete the skydive Picture: MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY UK

Danny Parker, from Newmarket, shed five stone to complete the skydive Picture: MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY UK - Credit: Archant

A Newmarket teenager who shed a massive five stone for a skydive in support of his step-father, who has muscular dystrophy, has raised more than £500.

Danny once weighed 17 stone Picture: MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY UK

Danny once weighed 17 stone Picture: MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY UK - Credit: Archant

Danny Parker, 18, once weighed in at 17 stone and had a 43-inch waist.

But to do a skydive in aid of his step-father Peter Neville, who has Charcot-Marie-Tooth muscular dystrophy, he needed to take up a new diet and started exercising more to shed the pounds.

At the time of his skydive, Danny weighed just under 12 stone and had a much slimmer waistline of 30 inches.

He has so far raised more £500 for Muscular Dystrophy UK with his jump, which was held at the North London Skydiving Centre in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, with the money going towards funding vital research.


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Mr Neville said: “I am extremely proud of Danny. Not only has he followed his dream to do a skydive, he has lost an enormous amount of weight and in the process developed a much healthier lifestyle.”

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