Dagenham adrenaline junkie in for charity plane dive

AN adrenaline junkie who abandoned a charity skydive for her autistic brother when she fell pregnant is preparing for a 10,000ft jump eight years on. Sarah Smith, 27, is to fulfil her dream with a heart-stopping tandem dive, this time in aid of St Franc

AN adrenaline junkie who abandoned a charity skydive for her autistic brother when she fell pregnant is preparing for a 10,000ft jump eight years on.

Sarah Smith, 27, is to fulfil her dream with a heart-stopping "tandem" dive, this time in aid of St Francis Hospice for terminally ill patients.

She will jump out of a plane over Maidstone, Kent, on May 9, with a friend she met at her son's school, Michele Fisher, 39, who is raising cash for breast cancer.

Sarah's skydive this spring will remember the grandad of an old school friend from Eastbrook Comprehensive in Dagenham, who spent his dying days at St Francis in Havering-atte-Bower.


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Sarah had started to collect money for her 2002 jump in aid of Dagenham charity Parents of Autistic Children Together honouring 21-year-old brother Adam, when she realised she expected son Ben.

The shipping company assistant was forced to give up, but decided to revive her teenage dream after being egged on by work colleagues when they heard a charity advert on radio.

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Sarah, of Woodshire Road, Dagenham, said: "This is a one-off. I am quite an adrenaline junkie.

"I am quite exited now but when I am on the plane and the door opens my nerves will kick in and I will say 'Oh my God'."

Michele and Sarah met at Hunters Hall Primary in Alibon Road, Dagenham, which their children Ben and Ruby, both seven, attend.

Sarah, raising cash through justgiving.com, had collected �330 towards her �405 charity target last week. To donate enter Sarah Smith at justgiving.com.

Michele will soon set up a justgiving.com account.

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