First-time diabetic skydiver planning to go solo
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First time flyer Lee Bacon celebrated his first experience of being in a plane - by jumping out of it.
And now the 26-year-old diabetic has already booked his second skydive and is planning a solo one after that.
For Mr Lee who is used to working at height in the construction industry the 10,000ft tandem plunge was a chance to admire the view and fulfil a life-long ambition - as well as experience flying for the first time.
Having described the daring deed as “fantastic” he is looking to do it more regularly, hopefully on his own and in as many countries as he can.
Mr Bacon, who has recently moved from Great Yarmouth to Norwich, has to keep a close eye on his health and self inject up to five times a day after being diagnosed with type one diabetes.
He said being told that he had the condition was “quite a shock” and that he was aware of complications that could affect him in the future.
“I had always wanted to jump out of a plane to see how it felt, because I had never been in one before. I was going to do it for fun but then I thought I would do it for charity. It was fantastic, really good. I just loved it. I am doing another one in three weeks time and then a solo one. I would like to do it regularly if I can and see the view in all different countries.
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“I have had a lot of help from businesses and local collectors to raise money for the cause.
“At first I could not get to grips with the diabetes but I have come to terms with it now. Sometimes getting it under control feels like you are losing an uphill battle.”
So far his total for Diabetes UK is £547 with a target on his Just Giving site of £600. He said specialist nurses associated with the charity had helped him to manage the condition and supported him through the process of trying to find a balance.
His sister and grandfather also have the condition.
His mother, Kerry Hemsworth, of Ormesby Road, Caister, said the whole family were really proud that he saved up for a long time to pay for the jump and worked really hard to obtain sponsors.