Barry Kelly from Draperstown braved the skies and successfully completed a skydive to raise funds for Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF).
Barry’s wife, Larissa, threw down the gauntlet when she produced a voucher to skydive as part of a Christmas gift so the challenge was on for Barry to take to the skies.
Larissa and their children watched in amazement as Barry made his descent all in the name of a cause that is particularly close to his heart.
Barry said, “Meningitis has struck my family four times affecting all three of my kids. We are so thankful that all three have come through what can often be a devastating disease and so I wanted to do something to help others affected and support the great work carried out by MRF.
"I’m delighted to have raised £875.58 and have been humbled by the level of support and encouragement I’ve received. It was a great experience and I’m so happy I got the opportunity to do it. I just hope it has helped people to be more aware.
"I’m very grateful to all those who kindly sponsored me. Our family would like to take this opportunity to also thank Dr O’Loane and all the medical staff on duty in Magherafelt Children’s Ward who saved Shannah’s life. Sincere thanks to all the medical staff who also treated Shannah in Antrim hospital afterwards.”