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Roundwood Park pupil takes on fear of falling with charity skydive from 10,000 feet

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 November 2018

Emma Archer just after jumping from a plane flying at 10,000 feet.

Emma Archer just after jumping from a plane flying at 10,000 feet.

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A Harpenden school pupil has taken on her fear of falling in a dramatic way.

Emma Archer in her skydiving kit in Salisbury on Friday, November 2.Emma Archer in her skydiving kit in Salisbury on Friday, November 2.

Emma Archer, 17, from Roundwood Park School, did a tandem skydive from 10,000 feet earlier this month for charity.

She said: “I was absolutely terrified. The scariest part was on the edge of the plane when you tip out.

“You have to trust the instructor as you have no control, but it was an amazing feeling as it was a 30-second free fall before they pull the parachute.”

Emma has been inspired to do the skydive since the Head Boy did one when she was in Year 7.

It also gave her an opportunity to tackle her fear; not of heights, but of falling.

“It’s one of my biggest fears,” Emma said. “I have always had a fear of leaning over things in skyscrapers. That terrifies me.

“I thought if I did something that challenged me, people would think I was not just doing it because I could, I was doing it because of the challenge.”

The skydive took place in Salisbury on November 2 when it was minus 15 degrees at the plane’s skydiving altitude.

But it was also clear enough for her to see Stonehenge on the way down.

The Wood End Hill resident said the skydive has not got her over her fear of falling, but it has helped put it in perspective.

Emma paid for all the costs of the skydive as she did not want it to come out of the charity money.

She has so far raised over £2,000 for The OLLIE Foundation, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Unique House for Girls - which cares for abandoned babies and girls in India.

Roundwood Park School’s deputy head Glen Pettengell said: “Emma’s skydive is an amazing display of selfless effort, on behalf of others, which has provided a shining example to our altruistic school community.

“Last year we raised more than £16,000 and this will hopefully help us surpass that success.

Emma has been an active member of the Student Leadership Government at Roundwood Park, throughout her school life.

“This is just another example of what a highly capable young woman Emma has become – a superb role model to all students.”

To donate to Emma’s fundraiser, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/emma-archer

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