The thought of jumping out of an aircraft from 11,000 feet had two big drawbacks for courageous Louise O’Connor.
“I don’t like heights and I don’t like aeroplanes very much,” she said.
Louise (19) was petrified before her first ever tandem parachute jump at a Peterborough airfield on Saturday, but she’s putting the sponsorship money raised to life-saving good use.
So far she has raised more than £1,000 towards kit for a LIVES first responder.
Louise qualified as a level two LIVES first responder in October and has attended three medical emergencies in the Gosberton area, two on her own and one shadowing someone else.
She said: “I can go to incidents where people have breathing difficulties, cardiac arrest, chest pains and those sorts of problems.
“I love being able to help people and give something back to the community.”
As a group, the responders hope to raise about £2,000 to equip another responder on the patch.
Louise works as a nail technician at Finishing Touches in Victoria Street, Spalding, where she rents a chair. She started her own business after leaving Thomas Cowley High School, Donington.