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Sky’s the limit for Barbara

SHE may be approaching 80 but this Knowle pensioner is certainly not keeping her feet on the ground!

SHE may be approaching 80 but this Knowle pensioner is certainly not keeping her feet on the ground!

Barbara Farrah is set to take to the skies next month in a tandem parachute jump in a bid to raise cash for the Myasthenia Gravis Association - the little known disease from which her husband, Fred, suffers from.

The sprightly octogenarian also decided to throw caution to the wind and attempt the stunt as a treat from Fred for her birthday on July 22.

“I had to have a medical, the doctor said I am fit apart from I’m mad! I was keen on doing a wing walk at first - we went to see Tom Lackey and asked him about it. But the doctor wouldn’t pass me so then I had a magazine through from the charity which gave details about doing the John Spencer Memorial Parachute Jump.

“He was a snooker player who also had Myasthenia. I rang them and asked if there was any sort of age limit and they said no as long as I passed a medical.”

The mum-of-two and grandmother-of-three acts as a carer to her husband who first noticed symptoms of the auto immune disease - known as the ‘rag doll illness’ - which affects the muscles, almost seven years ago.

Fred said: “I was playing bowls and there were twice as many bowls as there should be. I said to my friend ‘why are there so many?’. He said well, there’s only two! I used to be really active but now I can’t do anything. I can’t bowl, that was my main hobby at Hockley Heath Bowls Club.”

Barbara, who lives with Fred in Station Road, will be cheered on by family on the day and, is hoping to add to her £750 fund raising total so far.

“I am looking forward to it. On the day I shall probably think’ what on earth am I doing?’

If you would like to sponsor Barbara, contact the Solihull News and we will pass on the details.

If you would like more details about the disease call the charity on Freephone 0800 919922



Cathrina Hulse
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