Teacher’s sky-dive for Joe

Emma Brown (right) with friend Vicky Redman at the Joseph's Goal Ball
Emma Brown (right) with friend Vicky Redman at the Joseph's Goal Ball

A WIGAN teacher is swapping her register for a parachute this summer all in the name of Joseph’s Goal.

Emma Brown will be diving out of a plane at 16,000ft over Mission Beach, Queensland, on Australia’s east coast next month.

The 28-year-old, from Ashton, who teaches at a high school in Leyland, is hoping to raise £2,000.

Daredevil Emma said: “I have been a Wigan Athletic fan since I was five so that’s how I found out about Joseph’s Goal.

“When I decided I was going to Australia and would be doing the skydive, my first thought was that I would do it for Joseph.”

Pupils at Balshaw’s High School, where Emma is a year seven teacher, have been lending a helping hand in getting her fund-raising off to a healthy start.

Emma, who is to spend her summer break from school travelling around Australia, said: “My tutor group have been selling the Joseph Goal bands and we raised about £200 from doing that. The sponsorship for my skydive is already at the £800 mark and fingers crossed I will reach the £2,000 target.

“I have never done anything like that before but I’ve always wanted to. When I rang to book it I let the instructors talk me into doing the highest jump possible because they said when you’re up, there isn’t much difference between 13,000 and 16,000ft. It’s very exciting.”

Joseph’s Goal was set up to raise funds for research into non-ketotic hyperglycinemia (NKH), a rare genetic disorder that brave five-year-old Joseph Kendrick suffers from.

Joseph recently started at Hope School in Winstanley and the cause is close to our hearts at the Evening Post/Observer because the youngster is the son of Latics reporter Paul.

He said: “It’s fantastic what Emma is doing, especially the fact she has got all her school on board as well to support Joseph’s Goal.

“She even held a competition for the kids to design a poster for her sky-dive, and we were blown away by the quality and detail that went into the entries.

“We had a box-load of entries, all of them different but fabulous in their own way, and spent a whole evening going through them to try and pick some winners.

“Emma’s sky-dive has caught the imagination of so many people and we thank her for her efforts.

“I’d certainly need a lot of persuasion before throwing myself out of a plane, but she’s raising so much money that will do so much good in the fight to find a cure for NKH.”

To sponsor Emma for her intrepid endeavours please visit www.justgiving.com/missbrownbalshaws