Schoolgirls take a leap of faith for breast cancer

Sixth form pupils from Portsmouth High School after their skydive for Breast Cancer Haven

Sixth form pupils from Portsmouth High School after their skydive for Breast Cancer Haven

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TEN brave students jumped out of a plane to mark the first year of a breast cancer centre.

The sixth formers from Portsmouth High School made the leap to raise money and awareness of Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex Branch.

The girls joined staff members from the branch by taking on the ultimate challenge – a tandem skydive with GoSkydive.

The Haven is a charity that the girls have chosen to support this year as it helps so many people overcome the challenges of cancer.

Deputy head girl Sayeeda Nur said: ‘The Haven has helped so many people overcome the struggles of cancer so it’s crucial we support such a cause.

‘It is a non-government funded charity so it needs the public to help keep its fantastic cause alive.

‘It was such a surreal experience to jump out of a plane, from an altitude of 10,000ft, reaching speeds of up to 125mph as we freefell for approximately 30 seconds.

‘I hope to do it again but perhaps from a little higher next time,’ Sayeeda continued.

‘It was so rewarding to raise so much money – almost £5,000.’

Breast Cancer Haven, in Titchfield, provides vital one-to-one support for thousands of breast cancer patients in Fareham.

The Breast Cancer Haven team works closely with NHS partners to go beyond medical treatment and help visitors and their families cope with the wider impact of breast cancer through free personalised, specialist care.

Breast Cancer Haven addresses everything from nutrition, financial advice and counselling, to exercise and supportive therapies.

The girls did the skydive as part of charity week at the Southsea school.

Other activities included a fancy dress parade, talent show and a fashion show.

Head girl Genevieve Wilks said: ‘We’ve got such an array of talent in the school and it is a great opportunity for girls to be performing in front of their peers at the same time as raising awareness and much-needed funds for The Haven.’

Go to thehaven.org.uk/wessex.

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