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Mum to skydive for charity

A mum will complete a skydive to raise money for a charity which helped her when her son was ill. Kit Rakkar, from Evington, Leicester, hopes to generate £1,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides free home away from home accommodation to families with children in hospital.

Kit stayed at the charity's Birmingham house where her son, Ekam, was being treated at the nearby Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Ekam, 8, is now out of isolation and in full-time school after completing treatment. He returns to the hospital regularly for checkups.

The parachute jump on 7th July 2012 will be the latest in a long line of fundraising exploits. Kit has previously volunteered to increase numbers on the Anthony Nolan register and raised money for Leicester Royal Infirmary, and will be taking part in a run for Sports Relief in March with her family.

Kit, who runs City Viewing, an estate and lettings agency, said: "Jumping out of a plane is not something I decided to undertake lightly and it will test my courage to its limits. I couldn't be doing it for a better cause, as without the help of Ronald McDonald House Charities my son's illness would have been even more difficult to cope with. In fact, without the accommodation provided to us by the charity in Birmingham, we would have most certainly lost our sanity.

"I can't praise the charity or the staff enough and I know it is helping people like us every day of the year."

Kit will be cheered on by Ekam, her husband Daljit, and daughter Sarabjeet, 11.

To sponsor Kit, visit www.justgiving.com/Kit-Rakkar.

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