Trio taking the plunge for a stillbirth charity

(left to right) Andrew Grey, Stephen Jackson and Jonny Lindsley. Photograph by FRANK REID

(left to right) Andrew Grey, Stephen Jackson and Jonny Lindsley. Photograph by FRANK REID

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Three daredevils are planning a tandem skydive to raise cash for a stillbirth charity.

Susan Jackson, who lost one of her identical twin daughters six years ago, has roped in husband, Stephen, to take part in the event, along with her colleagues, funeral directors, Andrew Grey and Jonny Lindsley.

(left to right) Andrew Grey, Stephen Jackson and Jonny Lindsley. Photograph by FRANK REID

(left to right) Andrew Grey, Stephen Jackson and Jonny Lindsley. Photograph by FRANK REID

Susan, 32, and 31-year-old Stephen, from Red House, were left devastated when at 35 weeks pregnant it was confirmed Evie had died in the womb and Ella had to be delivered immediately.

It was a terrifying experience for the couple and although Ella was born fit and well, it was devastating to lose her sister.

Since then the pair have raised more than £41,000 for charities which research stillbirth and miscarriage and who support families and she hopes to reach the £50,000 target by the end of the year.

A lot of the money has gone to the national charity, Tommy’s, but the cash raised from the skydive will go to Wearside-based charity, 4Louis, which provides memory boxes and cuddle cots to bereaved families.

It was really hard because we were grieving, but celebrating the birth of a healthy child at the same time

Susan Jackson

This month it will be Ella’s sixth birthday and Evie’s memorial day, and the skydive will help to mark this.

Susan said losing Evie was a heartbreaking experience to go through and they still mourn the loss of their child.

She said: “It was really hard because we were grieving, but celebrating the birth of a healthy child at the same time.

“I got people say ‘you still have one baby’ and I know they meant it in the best way, but, I should have had two and we had still lost a child.

“But, we know we are very lucky that Ella is great, with no medical problems from being premature.”

Susan, who works at Andrew Grey Funeral Directors in Hetton, said the three men are very nervous about the skydive.

She said: “I got the idea for the skydive from 4Louis members and thought it was great. I got the lads involved straight away.

Andrew said: “The basis of the reason for doing it is the fact we are a family orientated funeral directors and we always look to put something back into the communities and charities connected to the people who support us by choosing to place their loved ones in our care.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor the event should visit www.doitforcharity.com/andrewgrey.