The sky’s the limit for Geri

PUBLISHED: 14:28 01 November 2011

Geraldine with Supprt 4 Sight's volunteer manager Paul Atkins and his guide dog Nessie

Geraldine with Supprt 4 Sight's volunteer manager Paul Atkins and his guide dog Nessie

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A VOLUNTEER at an Uttlesford sight charity will be taking to the skies – only to jump from a plane at 13,000ft.

Geraldine Cowell will be plummeting towards the ground at speeds of up to 120mph before pulling the cord to release a parachute as she does a daring skydive to raise funds for Support 4 Sight.

Geraldine said: “Although this is a frightening and challenging experience for me, I’ll try and do anything once.”

Support 4 Sight works with visually impaired people and their families.”

The charity helps almost 3,000 people a year in the west Essex by giving information, support and advice to people with sight loss and other associated problems, helping them to maintain an independent lifestyle. It has a well-equipped Resource Centre, offers home visiting services, membership and equipment loans, social trips, coffee mornings, computer training and runs information desks at local hospitals.

The charity relies heavily on its fantastic team of volunteers.

Geraldine said: “I want to raise money for Support 4 Sight, because they do so much to help blind and partially sighted people in Essex and it is really hard for small charities to raise the funds to keep going year after year, so this is a perfect opportunity to raise some extra funds for them.”

Geraldine is hoping to raise £1,000 in the challenge, which takes place next Wednesday. Sponsorship forms are available at Support 4 Sight’s centre at 2&4 George Street, Saffron Walden, by ringing 01799 523700 or visiting support4sight.org.uk

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