Brian’s leap of faith for son

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KAI Hodgkinson’s dad is preparing for a double fear factor on Sunday.

Brian, who is campaigning to raise £60,000 to get his little lad to America for a specialist operation to help him walk, will do a skydive - something he has never done before.

But before he plunges out of the plane, Brian will have to board it, something he has never done before either.

He said: “I’m very, very nervous.

“I’ve never even been on a plane, or even an airport and I’m more nervous about that I think than the actual skydive itself.

“To be honest I’ve never really fancied flying.

“To me we were not made to fly and how on Earth a plane manages to get off the ground is beyond me.

“But I’m doing it and when we reach Kai’s total and get him over to America then I will have to fly to get there!”

Brian and his wife Caron, of Hesketh Place, will be going to the Black Knights Centre at Cockerham on Sunday and are hoping the weather will be kind to them.

If it’s too windy, Brian will not be allowed to jump.

Little Kai was born with spastic diaplegic cerebral palsy and is hoping to go to a specialist hospital in Missouri to help cure his severe walking difficulties.

Although just under £18,000 has been chalked up thanks to magnificent fund-raisers across the Fylde coast, that still leaves a mighty target of over £40,000.

It is a daunting sum for sure, but campaigners have made a pledge to keep battling for the four year old.

Alongside Brian a team from the Dolphin Chippy will also be making the jump.

“I’ve just about raised enough money to pay for the jump at the moment so any more sponsorship would be greatly received and would go towards the appeal,” said Brian.

“But the guys at the Dolphin have lots of sponsors so it’s great to be supporting them too.”

A psychic night was held at the weekend which raised £200 and a team from The Martial Arts Academy in Blackpool, featured in the Weekly News a couple of weeks ago, managed to complete the gruelling Tough Mudder challenge in Chester at the weekend.

“Scot Tudhope who organised the event did receive a couple of injuries, but they managed to raise an amazing £1,300,” said Brian.

“Kai still has his good days and bad days but he’s a trier.

“It is tiring trying to keep the fundraising going but he is determined so we have to be.

To donate to Kickstart for Kai text KAIH50 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070.

For more information about the appeal, there is a Facebook page called Kai’s New Legs Appeal.