Teenage skydiver from Long Stratton raises �700 for the British Heart Foundation

A teenager demonstrated nerves of steel when she jumped 15,000 feet from a plane, raising hundreds of pounds for the British Heart Foundation.

Ellie Reynolds, 19, from Long Stratton raised �700 after participating in a sponsored sky dive on July 21 from Beccles Airfield.

Friends, family and Foster Care Associates (FCA), supported her with donations helping her to almost double her initial �400 target.

Ellie lives with her dad, Kevin, 49, and his partner Claire, 42, who have fostered with FCA since 2010.

'Ellie is a fantastic role model for the young people we look after, and we were all delighted to support Ellie at her skydive. Ellie has inspired our youngsters in care to work hard at school and as a family we encourage them to grasp every opportunity and live life to the full,' said her dad.

The young fundraiser arranged the event because both her grandfathers suffer with coronary problems

She added: 'I'm thrilled to have raised �700, and I'd like to thank FCA, friends and family for sponsoring me. I hope to continue to raise more money for charity and set a good example for the young people my family fosters.'

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'Supporting Dad and Claire foster vulnerable young people has totally changed my outlook on life and made me more understanding of others. The experience has even motivated me to study anthropology at University.'

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