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Stafford Grammar students prepare for charity skydive

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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TWO Stafford teenagers will join television and radio personality Zoë Ball on Saturday in a daring skydive above Salisbury Plain to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The intrepid Stafford Grammar School pair will board a small plane with the popular presenter, climbing to 15,000ft before jumping out of the aircraft strapped to tandem parachute instructors and reaching speeds of up to 120mph as they fall towards Old Sarum Airfield in Wiltshire.

Seventeen-year-old Ben Colclough and Emily Jackson, 18, signed up to JumpFest 2014 along with 40 others - t Zoë and her brother, Jamie Clark. All have seen the devastation of motor neurone disease on a loved one and want to raise cash for the MND Association.

Ben’s grandmother was diagnosed with the debilitating illness last year and it has also touched the lives of Emily’s family.

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“It’ll be pretty nerve wracking but I’ll definitely go ahead with it,” said A level student Emily.

“I think the worst bit will be sitting on the edge of the plane ready to jump, but I’m sure at that stage the adrenalin will kick-in.”

And Ben, a well-known local swimming champion added: “Having a celebrity like Zoë there will make it more special. She’s bringing a great deal of publicity to the event and there will be a TV crew there, which is great for the profile and awareness of the MNDA.”

To sponsor the pair visit ww.justgiving.com/ben-colclough or www.justgiving.com/Emily-Jackson5.

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