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Daring duo jump to the rescue of Psychology student

September 3 2013


Doctor’s orders forced kind-hearted fundraiser Sarah Davis to abandon a charity skydive.

Sarah, who studies Psychology at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham, has brittle bones and was told the challenge would be too dangerous in her condition.

The distraught 28-year-old had planned the jump in aid of Hope House Hospice and was preparing to break the bad news to the charity when lecturer Helen Coleman and graduate teaching assistant and PhD student Kayleigh Roberts stepped in to save the day.

The daring duo admitted to being “terrified” but wanted to support their student and the Oswestry-based children’s hospice by raising as much money as possible.

Sarah, originally from Leicestershire and now living in Oswestry, thanked them for attempting the 10,000ft drop for such a worthy cause having herself raised thousands of pounds for Hope House with sponsored swims, walks and fancy dress events.

She said: “I was really disappointed to be told I could not take on the jump by my doctor because the calcium levels in my bones are so low. I try and do something for Hope House Hospice every year so to find out I couldn’t after setting my heart on this challenge was very disappointing.

“When I told Helen and Kayleigh they were devastated for me; they then went on to say they’d do it on my behalf which is just amazing.

“I’m so grateful to them. This is a charity that’s very close to my heart so I’m delighted they’ll be raising money for them and will be there on the day to spur them on.”

Helen and Kayleigh are hoping to raise at least £1,000 and were only too happy to help Sarah in her hour of need.

The tandem jump takes place on September 14 at The Parachute Centre at Tilstock Airfield, near Whitchurch.

 “We wanted to do this for Sarah and for Hope House Hospice but also to show the human side of Glyndŵr University,” said Helen.

“We care about our community and our students and wanted to show that. It’s going to be terrifying and my mum is going to go mad when I tell her I’ve jumped out of a plane but it’s for a brilliant charity and we are only too pleased to help.”

Kayleigh added: “We hope that everyone at the University and people in the local area get behind us and support this event, for Hope House Hospice and for Sarah, who was very disappointed not to be able to do it herself.”

Hope House Hospice’s Director of Fundraising, Simi Epstein, praised Helen and Kayleigh for taking on the challenge and hopes people in North Wales will support the cause, and the bravery of both women.

“It never fails to amaze me the lengths that people will go to to support the causes that are dear to them.

“In this instance Helen and Kayleigh have gone one step further by not only helping the children and families we care for but also by supporting Sarah and this lovely gesture has touched all of us at Hope House.”

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