September 17 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A daredevil teenager celebrated her 16th birthday with a charity skydive at 15,000 ft, the maximum height allowed without oxygen anywhere in the world.
On Saturday morning, high-flyer Paige Warren hurtled through the clear Devon sky at speeds of 120mph during the 60-second freefall, which was all done for a good cause.
Her father Terry received the all-clear from throat and tongue cancer in February and Paige decided to raise funds for the radiotherapy department at Southend Hospital, where he was treated.
“It was the best experience ever,” said Paige, who studies at Brentwood County High School in Seven Arches Road.
Nerves turned into excitement as the jump approached, and Paige even passed through a rainbow on the way down to her watching family.
“I loved it. The first thing I said when I landed was that I wanted to do it again!” she said.
Waiting for her were proud parents Terry and Rachel, 14-year-old brother Jack as well as her grandparents and aunty and uncle.
Rachel said: “It was amazing to see her come through the clouds. We all had binoculars and were bursting with pride.”
After raising more than £1,300, smashing her original target of £500, Rachel now has her heart set on swimming with sharks in Wales, and possibly going to another country to do a higher, oxygen-assisted dive.
But in the meantime she is taking in the experience and enjoing telling her schoolfriends all about it.
“They couldn’t believe I was going to do it,” she explained. “But they were all supportive and all really proud of me.”
To donate to Paige’s fundraising, email Rachel on firstname.lastname@example.org.