Carer and son tackle skyfall for Windygates woman Susan

Pictured rom left, carer Fiona Thornton, Susan Brown and Graeme Brown (Susan's son)
Pictured rom left, carer Fiona Thornton, Susan Brown and Graeme Brown (Susan's son)

Like James Bond at his most daring, a carer from Methil is about to do her very own ‘Skyfall’ for a cause close to her heart.

For the past two years, Fiona Thornton has helped care for Susan Brown (53), from Windygates, who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease.

And now the Fife Council employee is set, alongside Susan’s son, Graeme, to jump from a plane setting off from Glenrothes Airport on November 28 to raise money for charity MND Scotland.

The mum-of-two, from Methil, said: “She’s just an absolute inspiration.

“The fact Susan is such a wonderful person makes my job so much easier.

“She really tugged at my heartstrings because she is so courageous and that’s why I’m willing to do this.”

MND Scotland is funding research to help find a cure for the degenerative condition and also provides vital help to patients, professionals and families.

Fiona (46) told the Mail she had never tackled a challenge so nerve-wracking before.

She said: “I’m nervous but excited. It’s really just to prove anybody that I’m willing to do something as silly as this to support MND.

“It’s such a terrible disease.”

Graeme Brown, a professional bassoon player, performed a concert last year at Methil Parish Church for MND Scotland, while his proud mum watched.

He said: “My mum has an amazing care team provided by Fife Council and, without them, I don’t know how our family would have coped over the last few years.

“During their time with my mum, they have also become great friends of the family; a house filled with sadness is much better when it’s also filled with the laughter they provide!”

To make a donation towards the skydiving total, anyone who wants to help can visit
G-Brown1 or call Graeme on 07961 234882.