Teenager gets set for plane jump in aid of children’s cancer foundation

Marnie Kirk is getting ready for her parachute jump to raise funds for the Leah Wilby foundation. PH

Marnie Kirk is getting ready for her parachute jump to raise funds for the Leah Wilby foundation. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A Worlingham teenager is preparing to take the plunge tomorrow for a charity that raises money for terminally ill children.

Marnie Kirk is the youngest member at the age of 16 in a team who are doing a parachute jump at Ellough Airfield for The Leah Wilby Foundation. The charity was set up in August 2011 in memory of the 15-year-old from Great Yarmouth to provide holiday accommodation at the Haven Holiday Seashore camp in the town to families with children suffering from childhood cancer.

Marnie is joining 18 other friends and family for the tandem skydive to mark the year in which Leah would have been 21. She died after a seven-year fight with neuroblastoma on June 13, 2011.

The Sir John Leman High School pupil is currently taking her GCSEs and is planning to continue at the school with her A Levels in September.

She said: “I found out about it in February just on Facebook as the person who runs the charity is a friend of a friend. I’ve always wanted to do a skydive and I thought why not now as its for such a good cause.”

Marnie’s parents agreed to pay the registration fee for her birthday, while she set about raising £300 to donate to the charity.

She said: “I’m just really excited, I’m feeling really good about it, I haven’t had any second thoughts.”

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Marnie’s mum Allie added: “It’s a special fundraising year and the family are hoping to do lots of things. Marnie has been helping out with events for the foundation for a couple of years with things like shaking the charity bucket in Asda.

“Marnie really wanted to do something and she begged us to do it. I’m really nervous, but we are very proud of her.”

To sponsor Marnie visit her fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Marnie-Kirk