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Daredevil nun (75) and MS sufferer in charity skydive

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Sister Patricia Wall  during her big leap with Dean Cocozza.

Sister Patricia Wall during her big leap with Dean Cocozza.

Sister Patricia Wall during her big leap with Dean Cocozza.

A SKYDIVE would never enter the minds of most people, but for multiple sclerosis sufferer Siobhan Hartigan and Sr Patricia Wall (75) it was just the trick required to raise funds for their charities.

This is Siobhan's second leap to raise awareness for MS. Siobhan (49), who was diagnosed over 16 years ago, did her first skydive in 2001 with her doctor.

She is being joined by her two nieces and nephews to jump from one mile up.

"They agreed to do it when they were out at a Christmas party last year, and I half-expected them to back out of it. I couldn't believe it when they got in touch about getting sponsorship."

 

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Siobhan will do the jump at 11am tomorrow in Clonbullogue in Offaly.

"So far I've only raised €1,500. I would have loved to have raised about €10,000 again for Peamount Hospital."

Meanwhile, Sr Patricia Wall from Ballingarry, Thurles in Co Tipperary, undertook her skydive yesterday to raise funds for Aware.

When asked if she felt close to God during her 10,000ft fall, she replied: "I didn't have time to think about God."

The Tipperary nun did the jump to raise money for Aware, which helps people with depression. She has raised €25,000 to date.

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