Keegan to dive from sky for charity

A BRAVE Lancing man with a famous name will leap from the skies above Salisbury Plain on July 27 to raise cash for a stillbirth and neonatal-death charity.

Kevin Keegan, 39, of South Street, Lancing, is jumping from 15,000ft in memory his friends’ son, Elliot Smith, who tragically died at just 45 hours old in 2010.

He will be raising money for Sands, charity that supported his friends after the loss of their child.

Kevin said he had always wanted to do a skydive.

“It’s on my list of things to do before I’m 40, even though I am terrified of heights and actually can’t believe I am going to be jumping out of a plane,” he said.

“However it will all be worth it if I can raise funds and awareness for this brilliant charity, all in the name of baby Elliot.”

Many have already got behind Kevin and he is expected to have a crowd of well wishers gathered on the day.

So far, Kevin has raised £400 in sponsorship, and the total is still rising.

“I’m really grateful to everyone who has supported me so far,” he said.

Sands supports those affected by the death of a baby and promotes research to help save babies’ lives.

Every year in the UK over 6,000 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth; 17 babies every day.

“The charity provides an invaluable service,” said Kevin.

“They have a national helpline and around 100 support groups across the UK, helping families when the unimaginable happens.”