Worlingham teenager to skydive for two causes close to her heart

Sophie Kerr is raising money for The People's Picnic, which provides food for people who are homeles

Sophie Kerr is raising money for The People's Picnic, which provides food for people who are homeless, and local woman Sarah Effeny. Picture: Lee Blanchflower - Credit: Lee Blanchflower

coA 16-year-old girl will be throwing herself out of a plane to raise money for two causes close to her heart.

Sophie Kerr, of Worlingham, will be taking part in a tandem skydive at Ellough Airfield tomorrow, raising funds for a family friend who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, along with the The People’s Picnic which provides free hot food to homeless people.

Worlingham mother-of-three Sarah Effeny was diagnosed with terminal cancer after a brush with skin cancer in 2014, which spread to her brain, lungs, liver and spine.

She married her partner of 12 years Lee in a fairytale wedding earlier this year after thousands of pounds poured in via an online donation page, which also went towards special days out with her children Elsie-Mai, Sid and Albert.

Sophie, who is a close friend of the family, said Mrs Effeny’s battle was a “true inspiration.”

She said: “Sarah has always been there for me and she has done so much for other people so I really want to give something back to her.

“The treatment has made her quite ill but she’s Sarah and she just keeps going.

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“I want to raise money for a family day out so they can create some more happy memories.”

The Sir John Leman High School student, who will be starting her second year of A-levels in September, is also supporting the The People’s Picnic, an organisation which provides evening meals twice a week to people who are homeless in Norwich, as well as clothing and other essentials.

Sophie has been volunteering there for about six months with her mum Donna.

She said: “There are so many homeless and vulnerable people that need help and I think they are a group that often get forgotten about.”

Sophie set herself a target of £400, which has already been reached through her online fundraising page and she has also been collecting sponsorship from friends and family.

And while she jumps 13,000 feet out of a plane, Sophie will have plenty of people supporting her on the ground.

She said: “I’m bringing a small army with me to watch.

“I’m nervous and excited at the moment but I am looking forward to it.

“I’ve wanted to do a skydive for so long, but I wanted a reason to do it and now seemed the perfect time.”

To sponsor Sophie visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/donna-smith-5