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Welsh Teenager's Skydive Inspired By "Hero" Mum's Condition

Monday 8 February 2016


From Welsh newspaper News North Wales:


Holly Kirkby with mum Joanne
Holly Kirkby with mum Joanne.

Abergele teenager’s high dive inspired by "hero" mum’s condition

By Suzanne Jordan
3 February 2016

A DAUGHTER’S love for her “hero” mum is to take her 10,000ft up in the air for charity.

Courageous Holly Kirkby, aged 17 of Abergele, will take on a skydive to raise money for Fibromyalgia Action UK. Holly’s mum Joanne, aged 44, suffers with fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that causes severe pain all over the body and fatigue.

Holly, who will attend the site of the skydive with her dad Andrew, aged 51, sister Alex, aged 19, Alex’s boyfriend Craig and friends, has been helping to look after for her mum since she was diagnosed in 2003. Joanne, a former conference manager in a hotel, was first diagnosed with ME and Chronic Fatigue. When her symptoms worsened, she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue in 2008.

Holly will take on her skydive on July 9. She is also hoping to raise awareness of the chronic condition.

Holly said: “I was only four years old when my mum got ill. I always knew my mum was poorly and wasn’t going to get better, but because of my age I never really understood why.

"My mum is my hero and best friend. Not many people would have the ability to continue each day with a smile despite the stress, pain, disappointment and upset she feels inside.

"My one wish is that one day, my mum will be able to wake up every morning and feel content and that one day this cruel illness will have the awareness it needs.

"My mum is truly the bravest person I have come across, she is something else - her strength is impeccable.”

The Emrys Ap Iwan student added: “The jump is not just for my mum, but for every sufferer of fibromyalgia.

"I am looking forward to my dive, but I may be a nervous wreck once I'm on the edge of the plane. I want to give my mum her life back.

“I want to give my mum her life back. The hurdles are immensely high, but the prize at the end will be outstanding.”

Tracey Evans, owner of Jesters, is supporting Holly’s fundraising and has donated free hot tub hire for the weekend as a prize draw.

Anyone who donates £3 or more to Holly’s Justgiving page will be entered into the draw. Winners will be revealed on July, 10. To donate, visit


The above originally appeared here.


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