Two students jumped 10,000 feet to fundraise in memory of friend

The Sky's the limit for two students from Shrewsbury College who faced a 10,000 ft. skydive in memory of a close friend.

Lucie Higgins and Megan Butler have raised over £1000 for Epilepsy Action, The UK’s leading epilepsy organisation, in memory of Charlotte Rose Blakeway, who sadly passed away in April after suffering an epileptic fit while she was having a bath.

Public Services student, Lucie Higgins, 17, from Shrewsbury, was a close friend of Charlotte’s. She said: “I really wanted to do something to raise money and awareness for Epilepsy Action in Charlie’s honour and wanted to do something bigger than the normal sponsored activities. I decided on a skydive and Megan said she would do it with me.

“We were both very nervous before the jump, especially when we were in the plane at 10,000 feet. Megan jumped out first and then me. I fainted during the fall and I remember coming-round upside down, during the free-fall. The instructor was great and I felt very safe, he said it happens often. It didn’t make the experience any less amazing, and I’d definitely do it again!

“Doing the jump made me feel like I was closer to Charlie somehow. Megan and I were both really emotional when we got to the bottom, it felt like a huge weight off our shoulders and a really big achievement - which we’d done for Charlie.”

In august, prior to the skydive, Lucie organised a fun day event at the Old Post Office pub (OPO) in Shrewsbury, Where she raised £300 for Epilepsy Action.

“Myself and my friend Ellie Flukes, organised the event at the OPO. I wanted to not only raise money for Epilepsy Action, but also raise awareness of the condition. Not that many people knew about Charlie’s epilepsy and I think it’s normal for people who have it to not really tell many people.

“I was really touched by the support of local people and businesses I received at the fundraiser.  Tanners Wines, St Nicholas’s Bar, BodyTech, The Entertainer, Home Bargains and many more people donated tombola prizes and local musicians, including Vintage Tipple and Andy O’Brien, came out to play.

“I want to continue fundraising for Epilepsy Action in Charlie’s memory - She was an amazing friend and missed by everyone!”

Lucie’s next fundraising plan is to organise a car boot sale. For more information about Epilepsy Action or to make a donation you can visit Lucie and Megan’s Justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/lucie-higgins.

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