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Skydive for charity

A multiple sclerosis sufferer with ties to Cape Breton is defying all the odds to take part in a Christmas skydive for charity.

Rob Tanner has always wanted to complete a skydive.  He has decided now, despite being wheelchair-bound, is the time to do it.  The 66-year-old will jumping with his son Matthew on Friday, and is raising money for the North Devon Hospice which has supported him since he was diagnosed with MS.

Westmount resident Christiane Tanner said brother-in-law lived in Cape Breton for several years, but circumstances brought him back to the United Kingdom.  She describes Rob as "a very brave and amazingly resilient man, always cheerful and positive in spite of a very, very crippling illness that has seen a slow deterioration of his physical abilities for many years."

In an interview with the North Devon Journal, Rob Tanner says Friday's skydive will be a dream come true.

“It’s been a lifelong ambition of mine to take part in a skydive, but I just never got around to it,” said Rob Tanner. “This is the perfect opportunity for me, because I have the strongest motivation possible, which is to raise money for North Devon Hospice.  “I just love it at the hospice, and it has become so important to me that I wanted to do whatever I could to raise money.  “It may seem unusual for someone in a wheelchair with Multiple Sclerosis to be jumping out of a plane, but I’m hoping that will encourage people to sponsor me because it really is a fantastic cause.”

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