Gabby takes a giant leap for kids’ charity

Gabby Capone with Jason Costello from the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice
Gabby Capone with Jason Costello from the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice

Hipperholme Grammar School’s head girl Gabriella Capone is preparing to freefall 15,000ft from a plane in a bid to raise funds for charity.

Known as Gabby to her friends, she will be harnessed to the front of a fully qualified BPA qualified parachuting instructor, before jumping from the plane, reaching speeds of up to 120mph.

Her sky dive will be at Hibaldstow in North Lincolnshire on Saturday, April 27, and will be raising funds for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice as part of its ‘Purple Posse’ campaign.

“For me, hearing about the chance to do a sky dive for a charity was a perfect opportunity to raise money for a worthwhile cause and also to challenge myself out of my comfort zone,” she said. “Having previously done the Midnight Walk for Overgate Hospice last September, I felt the urge to do more fund-raising and this will hopefully be an extremely successful event.”

The 18-year-old who lives in Hipperholme said she was excited about the challenge. “I am sure that the nerves will kick in and I will certainly be feeling the adrenalin on the day.”

She is hoping to raise £400 for the hospice so it can support families and provide more equipment for a very worthy cause. “I was amazed by how much the hospice has to offer after I visited before Christmas. The help and support it provides is outstanding as are the facilities which range from an amazing hydrotherapy room to the sensory music room,” she said.

Marketing manager Sue Oliver said: “The school is proud to be a corporate member of the hospice as a Forget Me Not ‘99er’ and we are constantly looking at ways to support the fantastic work of this charity and help with their fund-raising activities.

“I recently saw an article in the Brighouse Echo about partnership development manager Jason Costello, having committed to undertake the tandem sky dive to overcome his fear of heights.

“When I mentioned this to Gabby, she immediately volunteered and said she would love to have a go at the sky dive for the hospice.”

Jason welcomed Gabby to the ‘Purple Posse’. “Listening to her talk enthusiastically about her skydive, hearing how it will challenge her and knowing that her fund-raising will go towards supporting local children and families at difficult times was fantastic.

“It’s hard to believe that Gabby is doing all this while studying for her A Levels, it’s inspired me even more. Gabby’s attitude demonstrates you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it. The support from the Hipperholme Grammar School community is tremendous, I can’t thank them enough.”

Gabby is seeking sponsorship in school and among friends and family. If anyone would like to sponsor her contact the school on 01422 202256 or email