Whiteley daredevil braves a skydive for Catholic charity

Julianne White at the sky dive
Julianne White at the sky dive
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A brave churchgoer has taken a leap of faith – 10,000ft from a plane.

Julianne White wanted to do something a bit different to raise money for people suffering because of weather-related disasters in the Third World.

Julianne during the sky dive

Julianne during the sky dive

The 54-year-old, of Hispano Avenue, Whiteley, chose a daredevil skydive – and it is just the latest in a long list of extreme sports she has tried.

Mrs White, a member of St Margaret Mary Catholic Church, in Park Gate, raised £700 for the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (Cafod).

She said: ‘I call them my do-or-die things. You either do things with your life or die having done nothing.

‘I’ve jumped from the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas – a sheer drop of 855ft at 40mph.

‘It’s a bit like a bungee jump but you don’t go head first.

‘I’ve also climbed Mount Snowdon the hard way, up the Pig Trail.

‘And the next thing on my list is to do the Snowdon zipwire.’

The sky dive, at Old Sarum, Salisbury, last weekend, is something Mrs White will never forget.

She said: ‘The skydive was just amazing. There was a bit of apprehension when I was on the edge of the plane but once I was out it was just wonderful.

‘I felt so relaxed and overwhelmed by the scenery.

‘The sense of freedom was out of this world.

‘I would have gone up again straight away if I could have.

‘I really can’t wait to do another.’

Cafod is a charity close to Mrs White’s heart.

She said: ‘I’m passionate about it because it really does help the poverty and injustice in more than 40 different countries.

‘I’m keen to raise funds for the Lenten appeal which focuses on supporting people affected by weather-related disasters around the world.’

Lynda Mussell, from Cafod, said: We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported Julianne with her fundraising.’

To sponsor Mrs White go to justgiving.com/Julianne-W. All donations will be matched by the UK government, doubling the impact.