Janice set to leap for MS charity

Janice Murrell, Jenny Smith and Paul Smith will be doing a skydive in Cambridge in aid of the MS Trust. Janice has MS.''Pictured: Jenny Smith, Paul Smith and Janice Murrell (Who has MS)
Janice Murrell, Jenny Smith and Paul Smith will be doing a skydive in Cambridge in aid of the MS Trust. Janice has MS.''Pictured: Jenny Smith, Paul Smith and Janice Murrell (Who has MS)
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A 47-YEAR-OLD woman, who has multiple sclerosis (MS), will plunge thousands of feet through the air for a charity close to her heart.

Janice Murrell will take part in a 12,000 ft sky dive on Sunday at Chatteris, in Cambridgeshire, in aid of the MS Trust.

She was diagnosed with MS seven years ago and lost an aunt to the disease. It is the most common cause of neurological disability in young adults.

Mrs Murrell, who works at D&D International Valves Ltd at Saxham Business Park, will be joined for the daredevil act by her colleague Paul Smith, of Bury St Edmunds, and his mum Jenny, of Barningham.

They have already raised £1,500 for the charity.

She said: “It’s a very good cause and one close to my heart.”

Mrs Murrell, of Great Barton, mustered up the courage for the challenge after parascending with her husband in Australia in 2007.

The next hurdle was getting the all-clear from her doctor.

“Luckily enough the doctors said there would be no problems with doing it because at the moment I’m in pretty good health.”

Mrs Murrell was diagnosed with MS in 2005 after losing vision in her left eye.

She said: “Since then I have had a few relapses, mainly in my legs.

“Unfortunately, I had to give up playing hocky and netball which took me a lot of time to get used to.

“When I was diagnosed I thought ‘oh no I’ve seen the worst of it’ but there’s a lot more they can do nowadays.”

Asked how she feels about the dive, she said: “At the moment I’m quite positive and really looking forward to it.”

To sponsor the trio, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/PJJ