Mother braves skydive to raise money for injured servicemen

Debi Carter does her skydive
Debi Carter does her skydive

THE SKY was the limit for the mother of an Eastbourne serviceman maimed in Afghanistan when she did a charity skydive and raised hundreds of pounds.

Debi Hawkins jumped out of a plane at 13,000 feet last weekend to raise money for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association which helped her and her son Royal Marine Joe Townsend when he lost both legs in a landmine explosion in February 2008.

Debi said, “When Joe was terribly injured in Afghanistan, SSAFA was a big part of our journey through our hard times. SSAFA and the home at Ashstead Surrey near Headley Court where Joe has been for rehabilitation for the last three years was amazing.”

Debi, 49, did the tandem skydive with a member of the Royal Artillery’s Black Knights parachuting team at an airfield in Wiltshire.

Afterwards she said, “I had to do this for Joe. He is very supportive of me and of SSAFA. It was an absolutely amazing experience and I would do it again tomorrow. I thought it would be really awful because I hate heights and flying but it was fab.”

Joe was 20 when he trod on an IED in February 2008. He has since had 40 operations, walks on prosthetic legs and is planning to take part in an Iron Man contest.