Skydiving challenge for Jamie

High flyer Tracy Gillard before her sky dive. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 1169-16-13TI To order your

High flyer Tracy Gillard before her sky dive. Photo by Terry Ife ref mhh 1169-16-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24 - Credit: Archant

Honiton woman to take the plunge to raise money for local boy Jamie Dyer.

Jamie Dyer pictured with Tracy Gillard.

Jamie Dyer pictured with Tracy Gillard. - Credit: Archant

A Honiton high flyer will be challenging herself to raise money for local boy Jamie Dyer.

Tracy Gillard, who works at Costa Coffee in High Street, will be taking part in a tandem skydive at Dunkeswell Airfield on May 12.

All money raised will go towards boosting funds for any specialist equipment that cerebal palsy sufferer Jamie will need in the future at Honiton Swimming Pool.

“I felt I needed to give something back and I knew Jamie was trying to get this money,” says the 43-year-old.


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She added: “Even though the money has been raised it is for any equipment that may be needed in the future.

“It is going to help other people, too.”

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Speaking of her reasons for choosing a skydive Tracy told the Midweek Herald that it was either a skydive or shaving off her long hair.

She said: “I have always wanted to do something like this. When I was about 21 or 23 I had the chance to do a skydive but backed out. I have always thought ‘I wish I had done that’.”

James Witty, the managing director of Jurassic Coast Coffee, which runs Costa Coffee in Honiton, has paid for the cost of the skydive, which means all the money raised will go to Jamie’s appeal.

Tracy added: “I am really looking forward to it but I am scared - I don’t like planes.”

She will be supported on the day by her family and says the support she has already been receiving has been fantastic.

Tracy recently met with Jamie and helped cheer on the nine-year-old when he took part in a sponsored swim at the town’s swimming pool.

Sponsor forms are available at Costa Coffee in Honiton or speak to Tracy or one of her colleagues in store.

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