Daring teen helps hospice

Samantha Ball who did a skydive in aid of Rotherham Hospice
Samantha Ball who did a skydive in aid of Rotherham Hospice
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A teenage hospice volunteer jumped thousands of feet in a sponsored skydive – all in aid of her favourite charity.

Samantha Ball, aged 17, took part in the tandem leap to support Rotherham Hospice, where she helps out regularly.

She said the experience was ‘exhilarating’ – and now the good cause is looking for more daredevils to take on similar challenges.

Samantha added that she had originally explored the possibility of walking on hot coals, but plumped for a skydive after being told she was too young for her original idea.

“I was surprisingly calm to say I’m not keen on flying, but the skydive itself was indescribable,” she said.

“To put it into words – it was terrifyingly beautiful. I felt infinite and despite the exhilaration of it, it was so serene.

“I’m thrilled to have done it for such a great cause.”

The dive included a thrilling 45 seconds of freefall as the teenager and her instructor reached speeds of more than 120mph.

At about 5,000ft her instructor opened the parachute and they began a five-minute descent.

Anyone thinking of taking part in a skydive should visit www.rotherhamhospice.org.uk or call 01709 308917.

Participants need to be over 16. No experience is needed and training will be provided on the day of the jump.

The hospice needs to raise £2.2 million every year.