Sunderland woman’s bungee jump to help Alzheimer’s Research UK

Michaela Woodey with her grandfather Barrie.
Michaela Woodey with her grandfather Barrie.
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THRILL-SEEKER Emma Saunders is taking a big leap in honour of her friend’s grandfather.

The 23-year-old is preparing to take on a 160ft bungee jump to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Emma, of Red House, was inspired to take on the challenge after her friend Michaela Woodey’s grandfather, Barrie Woodey, 74, who lives in Lansbury Court Nursing Home, Castletown, was diagnosed with the disease.

“I chose to do a bungee jump because I wanted to do something out of the ordinary and a bit crazy to raise the money,” she said.

“I’ve never done anything like it before and it’s going to be a bit nerve wracking, but I’m really looking forward to it.”

Michaela, 23, of Red House, was also due to take part in the bungee jump in Berkshire, on Saturday, but had to drop out due to injury.

She said: “Even though I can’t take part in the challenge this time, it’s great to know that Emma is doing this jump for my grandad.

“I’ll be there cheering her on for every second of it.”

And Michaela, who works at Red House Workmen’s Club, said the money being raised is important after seeing the decline in her grandfather’s health.

“Grandad has had Alzheimer’s for five years, and seeing him slowly go downhill has been devastating.

“Our family is very close and when he was still living at home, I used to visit him every morning before work.

“He used to be up and about all the time, going to church and meetings with friends.

“Now, he can’t do those things any more, and he’s had to move into a care home where he can get the specialist care he needs.”

Emma, a carer, added: “Seeing the effect Alzheimer’s has had on Michaela’s family has made me really determined to raise as much as I can for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“People have been so generous with their sponsorship already – I’m already thinking about what I might do next.”

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