A 17-year-old has proved that the sky’s the limit when it comes to fundraising after completing a skydive in aid of WAVE Trauma Centre in Ballymoney.
Jacintha Whinnery did a tandem skydive in August and raised a fantastic £1,540 for the charity.
“My family was affected by the Troubles and WAVE helped us through difficult times,” explained Jacintha.
“So I thought I would give something back.”
Over a period of 12 months, Jacintha used any opportunity to raise money, starting by knocking doors, having a coffee morning at WAVE Trauma Centre and asking participants on a Scotland trip to contribute to the good cause.
She also had good support from her parents Rodney and Christine.
Rodney even paid for the tandem jump, so that all money could go towards WAVE.
The tandem sky-dive took place at the Wild Geese Sky-Diving Centre in Garvagh.
Attached to the instructor, Jacintha exited the aircraft at over 10,000 feet and experienced a free-fall to 6,000 feet.
Then the instructor opened the canopy and steered both of them safe to the ground.
It was Jacintha’s first jump and she was really excited.
Her first reaction: “That was amazing – I want to do it again!”
She also thanked all the people for their donations: “It is fabulous how kind people are.”