Welwyn Garden City teen’s 13,000ft jump
PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 September 2011
EMMA Cook jumped 13,000ft out of a plane as a way of thanking Isabel Hospice for “everything” they did for her dad, who spent his last days there after he was diagnosed with having a cancerous brain tumour.
The WGC 17-year-old told the Welwyn Hatfield Times the charity stunt, which raised more than £2,000, was done in memory of her father Steve, who died in January 2010, aged 51.
She said: “My dad meant everything to me. I’d always tell him he was the best dad in the world.
“He was kind, caring, fun and so supportive.
“We were so close and words can’t even begin to describe how much I miss him.
“I wanted to do this in his memory because I know that if he was here he would have wanted to thank the Isabel Hospice for everything they did for him and his family. Because he didn’t get that opportunity I wanted to do it for him.”
Poor weather meant her skydive was cancelled three times throughout the summer – a wait that only served to make the experience even better, according to the Sir Frederic Osborn pupil.
“On the actual day I finally did the jump, people had been skydiving all morning until it came to my turn and then they said it wasn’t looking good because the winds were over the limit.
“I had a long nine-and-a-half hour wait from the point I arrived until I eventually got in the plane!”
She said: “To finally do the jump felt amazing.
“I loved every minute of it but the best part was when I first dropped out from the plane and I knew I could finally hand over the money to the hospice.
“The view of the sun rays shining through the clouds was unbelievable, and freefalling through the clouds felt like I was dreaming.”
Emma added: “I would definitely love to do another skydive.”
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