A Newtownabbey mother is determined to overcome her fear of heights later this year to take part in her first tandem skydive.
Jayne McMurray, from Hollybrook Manor in Glengormley, will be taking the plunge in aid of the NSPCC charity in August.
Encouraged by her marathon fundraising effort last year, she hopes to raise even more money for this attempt.
Last year’s sum of £1,200 was raised by herself and 11 friends who completed the Belfast Marathon in aid of Crohn’s disease and motor neurone disease charities.
Jayne, who suffers from Crohn’s disease herself, says it will not stop her from taking a leap into the unknown.
She indicated that she has decided to fundraise for the NSPCC, a charity which is working to end cruelty to children, because she “wants to make a bit of a difference”.
“My own children, aged six and four have everything they need and are well taken care of. It breaks my heart to know that there are children out there who do not have that same lifestyle and care.”
“I want to raise awareness of the work of the NSPCC.
“The charity is stretched for volunteers and funding, so every bit helps.
“I want people to sit up and think what they can do, especially if they have children of their own.”
Jayne admitted that she is “absolutely terrified” at the prospect of jumping from a plane but she insists that she will overcome her nerves.
“I am anxious about it but it will not stop me”, she said.
To support Jayne, visit her Just Giving page - www.justgiving.com/Skydivejayne