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Keisha is neurodivergent and is a passionate animal lover becoming vegetarian in her youth and now vegan to support her beliefs. She only buys products that are environmentally friendly, ecologically sound and aren’t tested on animals.

You may or may not be aware of the term neurodivergent ~ the definition of neurodiversity is: “…a concept where neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. These differences can include those labeled with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyscalculia, Autistic Spectrum, Tourette Syndrome, and others.”

It is because of her love and passion for animals that she is pushing herself to address her fears and anxiety which will take all her powers of control to do a tandem skydive.

This is what she is doing, in her own words..

“On September 30th I will be taking part in Skydive for World Animal Day and doing a 10,000 ft skydive to raise money for Animal Free Research UK.

Some info about medical testing on animals (from

The harmful use of animals in experiments is not only cruel but also often ineffective. Animals do not get many of the human diseases that people do, such as major types of heart disease, many types of cancer, HIV, Parkinson’s disease, or schizophrenia. Instead, signs of these diseases are artificially induced in animals in laboratories in an attempt to mimic the human disease. Yet, such experiments belittle the complexity of human conditions which are affected by wide-ranging variables such as genetics, socio-economic factors, deeply-rooted psychological issues and different personal experiences. It is not surprising to find that treatments showing ‘promise’ in animals rarely work in humans. Not only are time, money and animals’ lives being wasted (with a huge amount of suffering), but effective treatments are being mistakenly discarded and harmful treatments are getting through. The support for animal testing is based largely on anecdote and is not backed up, we believe, by the scientific evidence that is out there.

Animals and humans are different. 95% of drugs fail in human trials despite promising results in animal tests and in addition to being unreliable, animal testing can actually be dangerous for human health. Vioxx, a drug used to treat arthritis, was found to be safe when tested in monkeys (and five other animal species) but has been estimated to have caused around 320,000 heart attacks and strokes and 140,000 deaths worldwide. Human volunteers testing a new monoclonal antibody treatment (TGN1412) at Northwick Park Hospital, UK in 2006 suffered a severe allergic reaction and nearly died. Testing on monkeys at 500 times the dose given to the volunteers totally failed to predict the dangerous side effects. A clinical trial of Hepatitis B drug fialuridine had to be stopped because it caused severe liver damage in seven patients, five of whom died. It had been tested on animals first.

Not only is testing on animals incredibly cruel (IMO), it’s just bad science.

In the UK in 2015, 4.1 million research procedures took place on animals. Animal Free Research UK is redefining research, investing in scientists so they can make the breakthroughs that push medicine forward without the use of animals. Since 1970, we have awarded grants to over 200 projects. These include research into cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney, heart and liver disease, to name only a few. With your amazing support, we can advance human health and end the use of animals in medical research!”

This skydive is a massive step out of Keisha’s comfort zone and I am incredibly proud of her to stand up and fight for her beliefs. She not only lives a committed lifestyle to live by these principles but is prepared to face her fears of heights to jump out of a plane in order to raise funds for a cause she is passionate about. Animal Free Research UK is the leading medical research charity that funds and promotes the development of techniques to replace the use of animals in research. Charity Registration No. 1146896

Believe me, for someone neurodivergent, this is enormous!

Sadly so far, aside from my husband and myself sponsoring her £100 ~ only one other person has donated to her justgiving page, despite us sharing her page on many occasions with pleas for donations.

If you could help us we would be eternally grateful. I would very much like Keisha to reach her target of £395 because she is facing so many personal demons in order to do this event.

Anything you can spare to help her raise funds would be enormously appreciated, donations can be given either by text which means you can sponsor her quickly and easily by texting KMSD55 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.



 via her fundraising page here..


Thank you

Me & Keisha


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