School work will be taking a back seat for two Spalding Grammar School sixth-formers who will be airborne next weekend.
Current Spalding Tulip Queen Ella Holbrook (17) of Moulton Marsh and her friend Georgia Mae-Bailey (16) of Spalding are both jumping out of an aircraft at 5,000 feet above Sibson Airfield, near Peterborough, on Saturday, March 5, to raise money for children with life-threatening conditions.
The pair have already raised £1,000 for Make-a-Wish Foundation UK after organising events across South Holland, including a supermarket bag pack, cake stall and raffle at last year’s Moulton Park Country Fayre and a lucky number stall at Saracen’s Head Village Hall three weeks ago.
Georgia, who plays rugby union for Lincolnshire Barbarians under-18 girls, said: “I have a fear of heights and I was told that the best way to get over it was to jump out of an aeroplane.
“But I didn’t just want to do a skydive for any cancer charity as I want to be a pediatrician, working with children who have cancer.
“When I was at Spalding High School, I got to know Ella as we were in the same class and we bonded from there.”
I have a fear of heights and I was told that the best way to get over it was to jump out of an aeroplaneGeorgia-Mae Bailey of Spalding Grammar School
The skydive is the latest in a series of exciting things to happen to Ella who, in the last three months, has passed her driving test, won a writing competition for a countywide website telling teenagers how to live heathily and been named Spalding Tulip Queen 2015.
Ella said: “Georgia asked me to do the skydive and she was really quite persuasive, telling me that it would be a great experience and something I wouldn’t get the opportunity to do very often.
“In the South Holland area, we’ve had one or two young people who have lost their lives through cancer which is why Georgia and I want to help Make-a-Wish Foundation.
“We’re definitely nervous about the skydive, but we’re excited as well.”
To sponsor Ella and Georgia, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Georgia-Ella/
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