Laurieston mum takes the high jump for love of son

Kimberley (left) and niece Danielle Cumming are doing a sky dive for the Mariposa Trust. Picture: John Devlin (140227a)
Kimberley (left) and niece Danielle Cumming are doing a sky dive for the Mariposa Trust. Picture: John Devlin (140227a)

A Laurieston mother and her niece are to do a ‘Jump for Love’ from 12,000 feet in memory of the mum’s son who died at birth.

Kimberley Lawson (40) and niece Danielle Cumming (20) are taking part in the national skydiving event in aid of the Mariposa Trust’s ‘Saying Goodbye’ campaign which will see hundreds of bereaved parents taking to the skies in memory of the children they lost.

Kimberley’s son Gabriel was stillborn on April 30, 2006, and was diagnosed as having Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) which is a rare and terminal illness.

He also had other abnormalities including cysts on his brain, cleft lip and palette and many of his internal organs were outwith his body, which left Kimberley devastated following his death.

At the time the brave mum, who has another son, Lewis who is 13, struggled on her own to cope, unaware of the help that was available from the likes of the Mariposa Trust. She is doing the jump to raise awareness of the charity which helps parents affected by miscarriage and still birth.

Kimberley, who is a sales and marketing manager for Bannatynes Gym in Central Retail Park, said: “Having already had a child who has a type of kidney disease this was a terrible blow and a very difficult time.

“Unfortunately I didn’t speak to any form of counsellor and thought I could handle it on my own.

“But I was a single parent at the time and looking back I realise that was a wrong decision as even now I struggle to deal with his death.

“I am doing this to raise awareness of all those who die prematurely and hopefully so that families realise there is help and advice out there to help them through difficult times like this.”

The daring duo are doing their separate tandem jumps in St Andrews next Saturday.

Mariposa was set up by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who have lost five children through miscarriage.

Zoe said: “Jump For Love is an amazing project and we have been delighted with the huge support that has been shown across the UK by people wanting to jump in recognition of their lost baby or the child of a friend or relative. We wanted to show the scale of baby loss and also to try to break down the taboo nature of loss, allowing people to openly talk and discuss their loss.”

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