Girls to skydive for tsunami victims

TWO Exmouth teenagers are preparing for a hair-raising charity skydive.

Jessica Collinson, 18, from Featherbed Lane, and Chloe Symons, 17, from Cedar Close, will be raising money for ShelterBox’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami appeal.

The jump takes place at Dunkeswell Airfield on May 27, and the girls will be jumping from 15,000ft, reaching freefall speeds of around 120mph.

As well as being sponsored for the jump, the girls, who attend Exmouth Community College’s sixth form, will be holding a cake sale and teacher’s car wash at the college.

The girls admit to being nervous, but say that they felt the tsunami appeal was such an important cause that they had to support it.

Chloe said: “I’m terrified, because we’re going to be jumping from such a high altitude. You couldn’t go any higher without extra oxygen.

“But we wanted to do the jump because we thought it was important to help the victims of the tsunami.”

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Jessica said: “We wanted to support ShelterBox because it’s a local charity and we’ve done stuff for them in school before.”

ShelterBox is a Cornish charity sending tents and supplies to victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. To sponsor the girls, send an email to:

jccharityskydive@hotmail.co.uk.