A SKYDIVE fundraiser in aid of a charity that helped her son has been described by a mum as “a feeling you will never be able to explain”.

Kayleigh Jamieson-Tait has collected thousands of pounds for the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, which has helped her son Jack.

The 12-year-old was diagnosed with asthma when he was just three years old and has regularly been in and out of hospital.

Mum Kayleigh has regularly pulled on her running shoes for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival but last month swapped pounding the streets for plummeting from the sky – despite being afraid of heights.

She said: “It was very scary and very surreal.

“You are with your instructor and I got my jump videoed, so the cameraman is with you as well.

“They are trying to distract you and talk to you but all you are thinking about is how high the airplane is going.

“Before you know it, you are out of the plane and have no time to think. I enjoyed it – it is a feeling you will never be able to explain.

“It is all emotions rolled into one. It is exciting, scary, your adrenaline is all over the place and as soon as your feet hit the ground you are emotional and crying.”

Kayleigh, who lives in Macmerry, had been due to take on her first skydive on April Fool’s Day.

However, after going through all the training at Glenrothes, she was told the weather was not suitable for the tandem jump from 10,000 ft.

The 33-year-old did not have long to wait, though, as a cancellation the very next day allowed her to take the plunge.

She said: “I don’t like going up ladders, I don’t like climbing mountains, and going up Arthur’s Seat I start to feel dizzy and sick halfway up.

“The skydive has definitely opened up a different limit for me.”

The mum-of-two, who also has a 16-year-old daughter, Kayla, raised £1,000 for the charity with the skydive.

Later this month, she will be back on the start line for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival as she takes on the 5k, 10k and the half marathon.

She told the Courier how much staff at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People – and previously the Royal Hospital for Sick Children – had done for both Jack, who attends Ross High School, and the whole family.

Kayleigh, who is a support worker at Hilton Lodge, in Haddington, said: “They are there for you no matter what your problem is, big or small.”

To support Kayleigh, go to justgiving.com/fundraising/kayleigh-jamieson-tait9