A SIBLING who was badly injured fighting in Afghanistan will be in the mind of Sian Austin when she jumps from a plane later this month.
Sian’s twin, Wyn, lost his left leg, damaged his right leg and broke his back in two places when the tank he was travelling in rode over a roadside bomb in the war-torn country last year.
The support he received from Help for Heroes spurred Sian on to so a skydive to raise money for the charity.
Sian, 22, from Great Gonerby, said: “They were fantastic. It was the little things that you don’t even realise, like when Wyn was flown back he didn’t have much and Help for Heroes gave him clothes, deodorant and things like that when he was in hospital.”
Wyn’s brush with death has been a huge shock to the family.
Sian said: “You think things like this happen to other people, but when it happens to you, it gets a bit more real.
“His right foot was reconstructed and it’s now metal. He lost his left leg to the top of his thigh and wears a prosthetic. He’s started walking again.”
When Sian received the call giving the bad news about Wyn’s ordeal, in which his friend was killed, pal Laura Clark was by her side. Not only did 22-year-old Laura, from Skillington, travel with Sian to the Birmingham hospital to see Wyn, she will also join Sian in doing the 15,000ft skydive on March 21.
The daring activity was chosen by Sian because of Wyn’s passion for skydiving.
Sian said: “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and also something my brother really loved to do and hopes to do again.”
Sian has vowed to do a fund-raiser for Help for Heroes every year.
l To sponsor Sian and Laura, visit www.bmycharity.com/laurasianh4h or drop a donation at salon Capelli, in Market Place, Grantham, where Sian is a hairstylist.
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