JUMPING out of a plane at 10,000ft and hurtling through the sky at 120mph is an achievement in itself.
But for Chester’s Annika Corbjin-Van-Willenswaard, it was only the first step in a mission to raise vital funds for Sparks, the children’s medical research charity.
The fearless Holland-born philanthropist also set herself the task of losing weight, and managed to shed an impressive two stone.
Annika said: “Signing up to do the skydive gave me the incentive I needed to lose weight and helped me to realise two amazing goals - I’m now two stone lighter and have raised £800 for Sparks.”
Sparks is a unique children’s charity funding medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of conditions and illnesses affecting children, babies and expectant mothers. Their work enables new treatments and therapies to be developed and reach families and children in need.
Annika said: “There are many children in our community who are not able to ride a bike, kick a ball or do many of the things we take for granted and that’s the reason why I wanted to help this charity make a difference.”
Annika, who previously abseiled to raise money for the charity, completed the tandem skydive with friend Saskia Hoppe.
“Annika phoned and asked me if I would like to do a tandem skydive with her,” said Saskia.
“I told her I would think about it. Half an hour later she rang again to tell me that my time for thinking was up and that she had paid the deposit and we were doing it, but I’m really glad she did it was an amazing experience.”
Around 70 families a day are told that their baby has been born with an illness, disability or that their baby’s life is at risk.