Kirsty overcomes her fears for 15,000ft charity skydive

Kirsty Rown in blue of Coronation St Elland
Kirsty Rown in blue of Coronation St Elland

A SEVENTEEN-year-old overcame her fear of heights when she plunged 15,000 ft in a tandem skydive.

Kirsty Rowan was backed by family and friends and has raised £946 for the Laura Crane Trust.

“It was scary going up in the plane but it felt really good when we jumped,” said Kirsty, of Coronation Street, Elland.

“You can’t get that feeling from anything else - it’s hard to describe but it was magical.

“Hopefully, I will do it again.”

The former Brooksbank School pupil was also joined at the jump near Brigg, Lincolnshire, by Gill Daniels, head of 6th form at Brooksbank, who also raised funds for the trust.

The trust was set up in memory of the former Brighouse High School student and funds research into cancer affecting young people.

Kirsty said it was a worthy cause.

“There is not much support for young people with cancer,” she said.

She is still raising funds for the trust and is currently selling key rings.

Kirsty hopes to train as a technology teacher and is a former member of Huddersfield Army Cadets.

She volunteers for the Barnardo’s Cornerstone Project, Elland, and was a winner of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award - a training programme that emphasised citizenship, team-building and leadership skills.