Granny Heather leaps for Izzy

A Newquay grandmother leapt into action from 10,000 feet to help raise money for her granddaughter’s operation. Heather Pearce jumped out of a plane last week to help towards the £86,000 needed for six-year-old Izzy Pearce’s complex spinal operation.

Izzy has cerebral palsy spastic diplegia and is unable to walk or even stand unaided due to her condition but the operation, which is unavailable on the NHS, would permanently reduce or eliminate the stiffness and spasticity in her legs.

Heather, who is scared of heights, was taken to 10,000 feet above the ground at Perranporth Airfield. She said: “It was terrifying, the bit where we had to climb to the right height seemed to go on forever and sitting on the edge waiting to jump was also terrifying, but I knew what I had to do so I just went.”

“Once I’d jumped I relaxed and enjoyed it, and I was very emotional once it was all over. Friends and family greeted me at the end which was emotional and later I picked up Izzy and her sister Gabby wearing my Help Izzy Walk T-shirt and they just screamed with excitement.”

Heather aimed to raise £1,000 but with generous sponsors she has managed to collect £1,500 for Izzy.

The 67-year-old explained: “I was quite shocked with myself for going through with it but I would definitely do it again to help raise money for a good cause. I went through with it and I just want to thank everyone who donated and supported me.”

“People are wonderful and the community has just come together to support my family and it is truly incredible. I get emotional when I talk about it because everyone has been so helpful – to raise more than £80,000 since January is just unbelievable.”

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