Want an exciting way to celebrate your 18th? Jump out of a plane!

IN THE AIR Holly Ure completing the skydive, inset, and with her jump instructor
IN THE AIR Holly Ure completing the skydive, inset, and with her jump instructor
Ricardo Rodriguez, seven, on the minitrain Picture: Habibur Rahman (170915-97)

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BIRTHDAY girl Holly Ure celebrated her 18th by throwing herself out of a plane – and raised nearly £1,000 for doing it.

Holly, from Gosport, made the leap from 10,000ft to mark her birthday and raise money for charity.

Holly Ure completing a sky dive.

Holly Ure completing a sky dive.

The daredevil teenager has now raised more than £700 for the Gosport Community Association at Thorngate Halls.

Holly said: ‘It was the most amazing feeling and when I looked up I just wanted to go and do it all again.

‘It was absolutely amazing although it was really cold.

‘Up in the sky it was something like -10C and you could really feel it.

‘I was nervous but mostly excited and I was really looking forward to doing it.

‘I would say to anyone who is thinking about doing it to do it, because it is so much fun and you feel good afterwards.’

The money Holly raised will go towards building a dance studio at Thorngate Halls.

The centre already has a room available and it needs to put in new flooring.

A dance group for young people already runs out of the centre.

Lynn Croucher, the chief executive officer of the association, said: ‘It’s brilliant.

‘It’s great that she decided to do it for us because we don’t get many young people getting involved.

‘She’s very brave to have done it.

‘And the money she raised will go towards doing something that will benefit other young people too.’

Holly is one of the founding members of the Gosport charity Loud and Proud.

The voluntary group is formed of youngsters who want to do things to help their community and boost the profile of young people in the area.

They take part in litter-picking, sponsored walks, and organise events in the area for children and elderly people.

Holly, of Tichborne Way, in Gosport, added: ‘I want to say a special thank you to people who donated, especially one lady who donated £50.

‘I raised about as much money as I hoped so I’m really pleased.’

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.

Anyone who would still like to donate can call 07895 939510 or email 
loudandproud2011@gmail.com.