Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Student raises £900 for charity

A Telford student who completed a charity skydive says she may take up the daredevil sport in the future.

Ruth Lane, 20, of Fountain Drive, St Georges, raised nearly £900 from the skydive on Easter Monday morning.

She completed her first tandem dive with instructor Danny Smith at Tilstock Airfield, near Whitchurch.

The funds raised will go to the Lupus UK charity, which carries out research and raises awareness of the auto-immune system illness, which attacks not only bacteria and viruses but healthy tissue as well.

The Manchester Metropolitan University music and drama student said: “I am a member of the Wellington (Telford) Brass Band and our conductor’s mother sadly died from the illness.

“I felt I wanted to do something to help raise awareness of lupus.

“I never dreamed of doing a skydive, then one day I just thought about it and decided to go for it.

“I thought not only would it raise money, but it would be an achievement for myself.”

Read more in the Shropshire Star

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