Sunderland policeman to jump out of plane to help niece

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A POLICEMAN used to life on the beat is preparing to reach for the stars.

Pc Daniel McGwinn is preparing to jump 10,000ft from a plane after he was touched by support given to his sick niece.

The Sunderland officer will raise cash for Birmingham Children’s Hospital by taking part in a sky-dive.

Daniel’s eight-month-old niece, Emily McGwinn, was treated at the hospital after she was diagnosed with cancer of the kidney when she was just a few months old.

Now, the Sunderland Central Neighbourhood Beat Manager is putting on a parachute as he takes part in next week’s jump.

Pc McGwinn said: “It’s no doubt Emily’s recovery is down to the great treatment she received at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“I want to show my appreciation to them but also know that the money raised will help them continue their great work as a national specialist centre for sick children. Family, friends and colleagues are all being very generous, and any other donations will be gratefully received – even just a few pence as it all adds up.”

Emily has undergone surgery to remove her kidney but is still undergoing treatment. Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth, Sunderland Area Commander, added: “We wish Pc McGwinn the best of luck with his skydive and his fund-raising efforts for such a worthy cause.”

People can sponsor Pc McGwinn by visiting