Brave Holly will turn 18 with a fundraising jump

LEAP Holly Ure, 17, who is planning a parachute jump to raise money for the Gosport Community Association.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (120941-1)
LEAP Holly Ure, 17, who is planning a parachute jump to raise money for the Gosport Community Association. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120941-1)
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DAREDEVIL Holly Ure is preparing to jump out of an aeroplane to celebrate her 18th birthday – and to raise money for her local community centre.

Holly decided she wanted to mark her adulthood in an unusal way –and so on May 6 she will leap out of a plane at 10,000ft.

All the money raised will go to the Gosport Community Association, which runs Thorngate Halls in Gosport.

Holly has been a member of the Thorngate Pantomime and Variety Company in Gosport for many years and decided she wanted to give something back by raising money for the charity.

‘I have always wanted to do it,’ said Holly, from Tichborne Way in Gosport.

‘It’s my 18th and I thought it would be nice to raise some money for the charity while I’m doing it.

‘Thorngate Halls is a lovely place, lots of people use it. They do brilliant work. They work with children and the elderly. They do lots of events for the community. They bring everyone together. They are lovely people as well.

‘I’m a bit of a daredevil. I thought it would be a different experience which you don’t have every day.

‘I’m not nervous but I will be when it comes to it.

‘I’m looking forward to it, it will be brilliant.’

Lynn Croucher, chief executive officer of the association, said she was thrilled when she found out what Holly was going to do.

‘It’s brilliant to have a youngster coming in and helping us,’ she said.

‘We tend to get labelled as an older person’s centre. I have known Holly a long time. First of all, I was amazed. But it’s brilliant. She does a lot of volunteering with us anyway – but this is jumping out of an aeroplane.’

Lynn added that the charity is desperate for the cash, particularly after it had to replace a dancefloor after severe flooding 16 months ago. It still has not been able to afford to replace the furniture.

‘It’s essential for us,’ Lynn said. ‘As we turn each corner we bump into something else that knocks us for six.

‘We, like many other organisations, are getting hit by the recession.’

To make a donation call 07895 939510.