Skydive for poorly little Charlie

Charlie Catterall

Charlie Catterall

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A CHORLEY man is attempting his first London marathon and parachute jump to raise money for a poorly Coppull girl.

Seven-year-old Charlie Catterall is in desperate need of a new kidney after hers started to fail when she was just two, and she’s due to undergo a transplant with her grandad Charles this week, after several failed attempts in the past.

She’s also aiming to raise £25,000 for the Wish Upon a Star charity, which has helped achieve her dream of meeting Simon Cowell and the cast of Hollyoaks, and the dialysis unit at Manchester Children’s Hospital, where she spends 20 hours a week wired up to life-saving machinery.

Now 26-year-old James Horrocks, who is a friend of the Catterall family, has decided to throw his weight behind the cause, and is in training for the London marathon just for Charlie.

He said: “When I heard about what little Charlie is going through, I just thought it’s for such a good cause, I had to do something.

“It’s a big thing for me because I haven’t done anything like this before, so it’s a lot of hard work, but it’ll be worth it.”

James, who lives in Denham Wood Close in Gillibrand, regularly goes to the gym, but has never attempted a feat as big as this before. He’s also going to do a parachute jump in a bid to gather even more sponsors.

Charles Catterall, 60, said: “We’re all very grateful that James is going to such great lengths for Charlie.

“We’ve managed to get £3,600 for the charities so far, from various fundraising events, so we’ve still got a long way to go.”