Mum and daughter getting ready for paraglide challenge

Caroline Efthimiou and her daughter, Calista
Caroline Efthimiou and her daughter, Calista
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A holiday to Turkey inspired a mum and daughter to raise money for charity.

Caroline Efthimiou and her daughter, Calista, will be paragliding in Turkey to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.

The pair both work for the charity and decided it was a fun and unique way to raise money.

They will be braving the heights of Mount Babadag in Oludeniz, Turkey, next week and are looking forward to it.

Caroline, 51, from Waterlooville, says: ‘Calista and I cannot wait to finally get going.

‘The whole thing came about quite suddenly when me and my friends were on holiday in Turkey.

‘One of my friends decided to do the jump and we were allowed to watch her do it.

‘While we were waiting for her to land, I asked about how to do it because although it looked scary, at the same time it looked really exciting too.

‘So when I got back home I asked Calista and she was happy to do it with me so we set a date and it’s next week.’

Once Caroline and Calista decided to paraglide off the 2,000m summit, they thought it would be nice to do it for charity.

Working for The Rowans Hospice made it an easy choice.

‘We see day in, day out what the money means to the people who use our service,’ says Calista, aged 23.

‘We are always looking for fundraisers, so we thought it makes sense to raise some of the money ourselves.

‘I don’t know about my mum but I am really looking forward to it.

‘I have jumped out of a plane before but I think this will be different.

‘We will actually be there, at the top of the mountain, and it’s all about when we’re ready whereas when you jump from a plane, you have someone jumping with you.

‘The adrenaline rush will probably be the same and I love that feeling so I can’t wait.’

Calista adds that she will be nervous beforehand but all the support she has had will get her through it.

‘Everyone at the hospice has been really encouraging and keep saying we’re mad for doing it.

‘But it’s not every day an opportunity like this comes about.’

Caroline and Calista do not have a target but want to raise as much as possible.

Caroline says: ‘We didn’t want to set a target because sometimes, if it isn’t reached, you can feel disappointed.

‘But any amount you raise helps.’

The event takes place on September 23.

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