Skydiver Raj raises cash

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AN ALFRETON man took part in a tandem skydive to raise funds and awareness for Arrhythmia Alliance, the heart rhythm charity.

Raj Pathak, 28, of High Drive, made the leap after his mother was diagnosed with a heart rhythm disorder and urgently needed to be fitted with a pacemaker.

Raj hopes that participating in the skydive will help those who are misdiagnosed and also make more people aware of arrhythmias and the dangers of it not being treated properly. He said: “The jump was incredible, that’s the only way I can explain it and it was all for Arrhythmia Alliance. I’ve so far raised £630. It turns out my mum had been suffering with the symptoms for many years which were misdiagnosed as high blood pressure.”

Raj’s mother, 59-year-old Santosh, had been suffering with arrhythmia for years, doctors found.