Hipperholme Grammar School’s head girl took a leap of faith as she jumped from an aircraft 15,000 feet above North Lincolnshire.
Gabby Capone, who is about to start her A Level exams in May, was one of ten big hearted fund-raisers from the area who joined the Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice ‘Purple Posse’ and set themselves an extreme challenge to raise awareness and much needed funds for the charity.
Gabby and her family set off on Saturday from Hipperholme to Hibaldstow in North Lincolnshire for the tandem skydive, where she met up with Romaine Maret from Forget Me Not and her fellow fund-raisers.
The plan was for a 20 minute briefing, a brief 15 minute flight and then approximately six minutes descent, harnessed to the front of a fully BPA qualified parachuting instructor.
Unfortunately, tension rose after the briefing, as flying was called off for a few hours due to poor visibility.
At about 2.15pm the 18-year-old was called to prepare for take-off. Attached to her instructor Jay Southall she floated elegantly to the ground amidst great excitement and applause from her family and representatives from the school. “It was an amazing experience,” said Gabby.
She has so far raised approximately £800 for the hospice in Brackenhall near Brighouse. “I would just like to thank everyone who has supported and sponsored me for the skydive. It is very much appreciated,” she said.
Sue Oliver, marketing and admissions manager, said: “Hipperholme Grammar School is extremely proud to be a corporate member of the Forget Me Not Hospice as a 99er and we try to support their work in any way we can.
“We are so proud of Gabby and her commitment to helping the families of children with life limiting conditions in our area.”