Rugby mum steps in at last minute to skydive for daughter

Mia with her dad Dean and other skydivers
Mia with her dad Dean and other skydivers

A brave mum stepped in at the last minute and took part in a charity skydive in honour of her daughter who was born without eyes.

Fran Condry was inspired by her little girl Mia, seven, who has a rare condition and also has cerebral palsy.

She was part of a 25-strong team who jumped 13,500 feet at an airfield in Wiltshire on Sunday.

Fran said: “Our friend, Gill, who has micropthalmia like Mia was supposed to be jumping with us.

“Her doctor hadn’t signed the last bit of her medical form, so on the day she wasn’t allowed to jump. That’s why I did it.”

She said it was an amazing day and worth all the pre-jump nerves.

“Some teenagers with Mia’s condition also took part,” added Fran.

“It was great to be part of such a brilliant day.”

Together with Mia’s dad Dean, the couple have raised thousands of pounds to help others who have their daughter’s condition.

The other jumpers from Rugby were Lewis Hughes, Parvin Boyal and William Senior.

Lewis said: “To say I was terrified is an understatement.

“I was shaking before I actually jumped, but then I remembered Mia and what a beautiful little girl she is and I took the leap.”

The team hope to raise more than £1,500 for charity.

“It makes it all worth it,” said Lewis.

“We hope to do another one soon. It was an experience I will never forget.”

Mia is unable to walk or talk but she is always smiling and loves music and dancing.

Fran, who also has a son Leo, two, and Iris, seven months, didn’t find out Mia had no eyes until she was born.

“We were told it was just swelling,” she said.

Baby Mia collapsed soon after birth and was rushed to intensive care.

Her parents were helped by a charity called MACS, a small group run by parents.

They help families affected by microphthalmia, a disorder in which one or both eyes are abnormally small, and anopthalmia, which is the absence of one or both eyes.

Both disorders are rare and develop during pregnancy.

“It is incredible to see the effects that MACS has on the children and families that it supports,” said Fran.

“MACS provide grants to children to go towards a variety of equipment to help them lead more independent lives.

“Any support and donations you are able to give will be massively appreciated by this relatively small charity.”

The couple said their daughter, who attends Brooke School in Rugby, is a lot of fun.

Fran said: “She gets frustrated when she can’t do things, but she’s always smiling and loves dancing.”

“The only thing that is upsetting is when people talk to me and not Mia.”

To donate to the fundraiser, visit MACS Tandem Skydive 2014 on Facebook.