Emma was terrified of heights – but look at her now!

COMING DOWN Emma Weatherstone and, inset, with her skydiving partner

COMING DOWN Emma Weatherstone and, inset, with her skydiving partner

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COURAGEOUS mum Emma Weatherstone smiles for the camera – as she hurtles through the sky at 140mph.

Terrified of heights, a skydive topped her list of the things she never wanted to do in life.

COMING DOWN Emma Weatherstone with her skydiving partner

COMING DOWN Emma Weatherstone with her skydiving partner

But, driven on by the terrible plight of children who have been affected by Aids in Africa, the 40-year-old decided to face her demons.

She jumped out of a plane with an RAF instructor over Salisbury Plain to raise money for a South African-based charity called Thusananga and Khaya Lokukhanya, an orphanage for children who have lost their parents to Aids.

Emma, of White Chimney Row, Westbourne, said: ‘It was amazing.

‘It was the most terrifying thing I have ever done.

‘It was like having an out-of-body experience – like it wasn’t me. I watched my friend Karen go and her face was sheer terror.

‘I looked down and all I could see was the countryside below.’

After shuffling over the edge, she found herself in a freefall 15,000ft up in the sky.

‘It was just free fall for what seemed like an eternity,’ she said. ‘I ended up smiling.’

Emma, who works as a life coach, said she may finally have beaten her vertigo. She laughed: ‘It’s one way to do it, but quite an extreme way!

‘I am still buzzing now.

‘I feel like I can do anything now.’

Her efforts have raised £1,275 for the orphanage, which she visited herself in 2007.

Emma added: ‘Thank you to everyone who sponsored me. I have been overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness, support and generosity.’

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