Family fundraising challenge in memory of ‘adrenaline junkie’ dad

Elaine Kellett and her family.
Elaine Kellett and her family.

A Bedford mum and her family are taking on a woodland challenge in memory of her husband who had lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for 15 years and died from cancer.

Elaine Kellett of Brickhill is taking part in the Sky Ropes Challenge in tribute to her husband Paul, who died last July.

Their daughter, Ashley, 23, son Lee, 22, Elaine’s sister Diane Roberts, and Diane’s daughter Tilley, 15, are all taking on the airborne event in honour of Paul, who was 35 when he was diagnosed with MS.

Brave Elaine said: “He got MS in 1998. He was an adrenaline junkie before. But even when he had it he still tried to do things like paragliding.

“We were on holiday in Turkey and he wanted to go paragliding. He got quite emotional as he didn’t think they’d let him do it but they took him out of his wheelchair on top of a mountain and strapped him into the harness and he went paragliding. That was the last time he did anything like that.

“As a family we decided to take on the challenge as the event takes place a year and a day after Paul’s death. He always tried to make the most of everything and to have a positive outlook as he lived life to the full, even if he found having MS really frustrating.”

The event is being held in woodland at Thetford on July 12. You can sponsor Elaine at For more information visit