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Skydiving student will raise cash for Headway
9:40am Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
THE first time a brave student will take to the skies in an aeroplane she will not be aboard the craft for the descent.
Because Emily Vernalls will be leaping from the craft at 10,000ft today for a charity tandem skydive to raise funds for a brain injury charity which supported her father.
The 24-year-old, from Somers Close, Leigh Sinton, said: “I'm quite nervous about it, I don’t even like roller coasters.
“I went to Alton Towers on Monday and I was getting nervous in the queues.
“My friends kept reminding me that I had agreed to jump out of an aeroplane so why was I worried about a roller coaster.”
Miss Vernalls, who is studying bookkeeping and accounting at Worcester Technology College, will be raising money for Headway West Midlands when she joins the skydive at Hinton Airfield.
Her father John attended the Worcester branch of the charity, in Gregory’s Mill Street, for respite care after suffering a brain tumour and bad health.
“I have three brothers and they were all quite young when it happened.
“My dad went into day care so my mum Ruth could get the housework done and he really enjoyed it. He is much better than he used to be but when a friend who works there mentioned the skydive I remembered all the care they gave him and thought what better charity to do it for than one that has helped our family.”
Miss Vernalls has been busy collecting donations from friends and family as well as from customers at Leigh Sinton Stores, Hereford Road, where she works.
“I’ve never had opportunity to go on a plane before, I’ve been to Switzerland on a coach and ferry and my family holidays would be in England or Wales.
“But it is going to be very interesting to go up in the plane but not to be in it when it comes back down.”
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