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Emma and Jessica get ready to take to the skies for NI Children’s Hospice

Friends Emma Henry and Jessica Quigg are in preparation for a sponsored skydive to raise much needed funds to support the vital work of Northern Ireland Children's Hospice.

On July 17 the girls will team up with the Wild Geese Club, near Garvagh, and don their parachutes before taking the jump for the charity which is very close to their hearts.

Emma, a former pupil at Cullybackey College, and former Coleraine Grammar pupil Jessica, both cannot wait to take the air!

“We are both very excited about doing the skydive, and now that the word is out about us doing it, the feeling is so much more real,” commented 20-year-old Emma.

It was after a girls’ holiday, when the duo completed the tallest and fastest roller-coaster in Europe, and thought the adrenaline rush was not enough, that they decided to go one further to tackle the skydive.

A few weeks ago, Love Ballymena reported that Emma had taken on the role of Schools Youth and Liaison Officer within the Ballymena NI Hospice Support Group.

Now both Emma and colleague Jessica (21) are counting down the days to their skydive.

“We would both greatly value your support, and any donations would be greatly appreciated,” said Emma, who has been a hospice volunteer for the past 3 years.

Donations can be given directly to them or via their JustGiving Page:

𝗗𝗢𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗘: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emmaandjessicaskydive

The Children’s Hospice, the only service of its kind in NI, cares for over 370 babies, children, and young people each year at their dedicated Children’s in-patient unit, and in the local community through their Specialist Community Nursing Team.

Their work also extends to families, supporting them from the point of diagnosis right through to the grieving period after bereavement.

Due to the current restrictions, only close family and friends can come and watch the jump in July. However, Emma and Jessica will keep everyone updated if more can attend.