IT WOULD have been the girl with the unforgettable smile’s 25th birthday.
But sadly Emma Carter died suddenly of a heart condition when she was just 13, in 2004.
Now her brother Perry, 16, is to jump 13,000ft out of a plane to raise money for the British Heart Foundation in her memory.
Perry, a student at South Downs College, said: ‘We all miss Emma a lot.
‘She was so nice and caring and I have really good memories of her.
‘I’ve wanted to do a skydive since I was 11 and thought it would be a good way of doing something for Emma too.’
The jump will take place on what would have been Emma’s 25th birthday, on September 5.
Emma appeared to be a happy, healthy teenager, without a care in the world.
Her sudden death, from an undetected heart condition, rocked her family.
It led to a campaign to fund two specialist heart nurses to cover Portsmouth and the surrounding area thanks to generous donations of £85,000 from the public.
Jayne, Emma’s mum, of Brights Lane, Hayling Island, said she was excited as well as nervous for her son.
‘I’m so proud of Perry,’ said Jayne, 47.
‘But there is also a small part of me that’s terrified for him.
‘He is so brave. It’s a 13,000ft jump with a 30-second freefall at 125mph.
‘Perry has wanted to do this for as long as I can remember and it’s so nice that he is doing it for Emma. She would be so proud of him. It brings a tear to my eye.’
Jayne is also supporting The News’s campaign to increase the number of publicly accessible defibrillators that anyone can use in times of emergency.
By getting more defibrillators in busy public places, including schools, shopping centres, railway and bus stations, gyms, workplaces and community centres, the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest could drastically go up.
Perry, who is studying public services and hopes to be a police officer, added: ‘I am a bit nervous but this is a dream of mine.
‘I will definitely think about Emma when I do the jump.’