Sarah has high hopes

Sarah Ballantyne
Sarah Ballantyne

The sky’s the limit for a Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF) volunteer who is taking to the clouds on Sunday to raise vital funds for the charity.

Sarah Ballantyne from Carfin is set to skydive from 10,000 feet in a bid to gather £1,500 for the Foundation which provides extra facilities, equipment, comforts and support to patients and their families at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) in Edinburgh.

Sarah said: “Having worked closely with the patients, parents, doctors and medical staff at the RHSC, I wanted to try and give something back.

“The SKFF is a truly inspirational charity and I’ve experienced first-hand the magnificent work which is carried out on a daily basis thanks to the help of the SKFF.

“Living in fear with a sick child is simply unimaginable but the Foundation works to make sure the patients and families benefit from the very best in facilities, comforts, equipment and emotional support.

“ The work they do is simply invaluable.”

Sarah will join 10 other brave fundraisers at St Andrews Skydive Centre, near Fife Airfield.

Sarah said: “I’m absolutely petrified about the jump as I have a deep fear of heights – and planes for that matter – but I wanted to do something for the SKFF that would truly challenge me.

“Most people think I’m mad for even attempting to make the jump however, I feel if the patients at the RHSC can endure chemo, full MRI scans and lifesaving operations at such a young age, then this is nothing in comparison.”

Sarah had originally hoped to raise £350 in sponsorship, but thanks to a surge in support is now aiming to reach the £1,500 mark.