Jackie's story

Jackie says "I did a tandem skydive. The skydive was absolutely amazing and fundraising too. I never in my dreams expected to raise so much; I raised a phenomenal £1500 

I chose Mast cell action as they had a one step forward campaign. I had always wanted to do a skydive and thought it was one very huge step forward. I have MCAS and without the charity and Facebook group I would be very ill. Through them I have learnt about my condition, used the resources and got a diagnosis.I know as a moderator in the Facebook group I know how much the support, information and just not feeling on your own it helps our members. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the skydive and my partner was really helpful and kept me calm. The views were spectacular and the rush at first was amazing then we drifted down slowly. The landing was a bit bumpy. I felt exhilarated afterward and felt on top of the world that I had achieved it. I was so grateful for the support from the mast cell action community and charity who supported me to raise so much money. 

If I did my fundraiser again I would start fundraising earlier and try to get in the local media to raise awareness. I did email my local paper prior to the event and after but there were many other events so I wasn’t featured. 

I would tell others to just do something it doesn’t matter how small or how much you raise every penny counts and it feels amazing to help. 

I would tell the MCAS community to challenge yourself you don’t know what you can accomplish. Thank you for your support it was fabulous. 

To the wider community I would say help this charity. Many are struggling so much every day with severe allergies that impact life so much.

We need support to raise funds to help with preparing resources, raising awareness and to help with research. MCAS is a rare disease and it needs to be recognised by the medical profession. 

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