A DISABLED pensioner is ditching his wheelchair and heading for the clouds for a charity sky dive to help raise money to research his condition.
Mike Fielder, 64, of Nalders Road, Chesham, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 17 years ago and has used a wheelchair for mobility since 2002.
One day a week the married father-of-two is cared for at Rushymead Hospice Day Care centre, in Coleshill, Amersham, to give his wife a break.
And on August 23 he will be flown up to 10,000 feet at London Parachute School, in Oxfordshire, for a tandem skydive to raise money for the centre and the Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC).
He said: "I am really excited about it all really. I done a similar thing seven years ago and it was an amazing feeling so I thought it was about time I did it again.
"I have quite a progressive form of MS. Ten years ago I was walking around on a golf course and then a few years later I was in a wheelchair.
"It was a difficult time and it is great that I can go to Rushymead one day a week and help relieve the stress on my wife. They are so fantastic there and really look after me so well.
"So anything I can do to help them will be great."
MS is a neurodegenerative disease which affects the central nervous system and there is no known cure for the condition and the MSRC is offers 24 hour counselling.
Anyone interested in sponsoring Mr Fielder should email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.