High-flying teenager in fund-raiser

By Connie Osborne 13/04 Updated: 13/04 11:14

Buy photos » Catherine Lockey is doing a sky dive for charity. Picture by Marcus Mingins 1512031MMR

THE SKY is the limit for a Matchborough teenager, who is planning to jump out of a plane to raise money to fulfil her dream of teaching disabled children in South Africa.

Catherine Lockey, hopes to be volunteering at an enrichment centre for children with disabilities in Polokwane, in the centre of Limpopo province as part of a scheme run by Project Trust in South Africa.

The 12-month project will involve providing care and therapy for children with physical and mental disabilities, supporting lessons and volunteering at a local orphanage.

The 18-year-old said: “Project Trust came to talk to our school last year and I instantly knew this was something I wanted to get involved with.

“I have worked with disabled children before and I just knew I had to do this. I get to experience and learn from a new community and I can also give something back to help those who truly need it.”

But the trip will cost Catherine more than £5,000 and she has been fund-raising hard trying everything from selling beanie hats knitted by her grandmother to organising a fashion show.

With the help of friends, family and trust donations she has managed to raise £3,409 so far and is hoping the sky dive will push her further towards her total.

“I was given my first donation on Christmas Day from my aunt and ever since then I have been doing everything and anything to raise the money to go.

“Now I’m going to sky dive - that’s how much I want this” she added.

Catherine hopes to go to South Africa in August, after completing her final year in sixth form at Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School and plans to go to medical school after completing her year abroad.

The sky dive takes place on April 21 in Cirencester and anyone interested in sponsoring Catherine should visit www.tinyurl.com/yearoutskydive to donate or email catherinesgapyear@gmail.com for more information.

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