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Worlingham teenager to skydive for two causes close to her heart

PUBLISHED: 09:38 12 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:38 12 August 2016

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

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

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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.

“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

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