Wisbech school girl conquers fear of height with fundraising skydive

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The head girl of a Fenland college conquered her fear of heights and raised money for a cancer charity when she jumped out of a plane in memory of her grandma.

Elizabeth Baker, who is head girl at the Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech, completed the skydive with her sister Heather in aid of CLIC Sargent, a charity which supports children with cancer and their families.

Eighteen-year-old Elizabeth, of Murrow, and Heather, 19, of Norwich, parachuted from 10,000 feet in memory of their grandma, Maureen Sofer, who died in February, aged 59, from cancer of the bile duct.

“She was a childminder all her life, so we wanted to do something to raise money for a cancer charity and to help children,” explained Elizabeth.

The sisters, who completed the skydive last month, have managed to raise a bumper £1,300 for the cause, with donations and sponsorship money still pouring in.

Elizabeth said: “The weather was perfect for it – sunny and warm. We were both really nervous beforehand but both really enjoyed it.”

Money was raised in sponsorship from family and friends and with the support of staff and students at the acdemy and at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, where Heather attends.

A non-uniform day held at the academy in May raised almost £800, while teachers and customers in the Jolly Fryer fish and chip shop in North End, Wisbech, where Elizabeth works, also sponsored her.

Elizabeth said: “The support from everyone has been really good.

“I wasn’t expecting to raise so much so quickly. People have been so generous and I can’t thank them enough.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation can still do so by visiting the sister’s fundraising page at: www.justgiving.com/Heather-baker4