Disabled woman with balloon phobia bids to beat her fears

Volunteer, Dawn Parker is hoping to overcome her fear of balloons by going up in a hot air balloon to help raise money for Kevin and Allison McLean who run Kev's Klub.
Volunteer, Dawn Parker is hoping to overcome her fear of balloons by going up in a hot air balloon to help raise money for Kevin and Allison McLean who run Kev's Klub.
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A DISABLED woman is trying to overcome her fear of balloons and heights by riding in a hot air balloon to raise money for her voluntary group.

Dawn Parker, 38, from the town’s Kipling Road, hopes to take to the sky in September as part of the fundraising for the tenth anniversary of Kev’s Klub in Hartlepool, a group for adults with disabilities.

Allison McLean, project manager at Kev’s Klub, said: “Dawn just can’t go anywhere near 
balloons, she’s petrified of them.

“She came up with this idea and she’s pushing herself, she really wants to do it.”

Mum-of-two Dawn, who has cerebral palsy, started volunteering with the group in November and has a history of facing up to her fears, according to Allison.

She said: “She’s not afraid of heights as much now, ever since she did a parachute jump years ago.”

Kev’s Klub, based at Newholm Community Centre, in Newholm Court, are a non-profit charity who do not receive funding from any outside source.

All money raised by the club each week is put back in the next week.

September marks ten years since the group opened its doors and, as well as Dawn’s balloon trip, they will be holding events to mark the occasion.

Allison said: “We will be hosting a party and we’d like to raise £500 to £600 to 
get a full night including a buffet.

“Dawn has raised £80 already but even a penny would help.”

Four Colour Ghosts will be providing live music on the night and a raffle is being held, with all proceeds going towards the party.

Den of Uniquity have donated a coffee table made from a washing machine drum worth £100 as a prize, while photographer Lee Summerson has donated two prints.

If anyone wishes to sponsor Dawn, they can Paypal their donation to kevsklub@hotmail.com, indicating it is for friends and family. or contact Allison on 07533454389 to get a sponsor form.