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Ilford 16-year-old to jump out of plane - despite being scared of heights...

PUBLISHED: 12:28 21 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:28 21 May 2013

Young citizen Harina Parmer prepares for her charity sky dive

Young citizen Harina Parmer prepares for her charity sky dive

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The sky really is the limit for one 16-year-old who plans to throw herself out of a plane for a good cause.

Harina Parmar, of Wanstead Park Road, Ilford, is doing a skydive despite having a fear of heights.

She plans to donate the money to Haven House children’s hospice in High Road, Woodford Green.

Harina said: “I thought a skydive was something that would raise the most money. I’m not great with heights though and I’m quite nervous. I’ve spoken to other people who’ve done it and they said it was amazing.”

So far she has raised more than £800, mainly through donations from family and friends, but is keen to get the figure over the £1,000 mark.

Her efforts have resulted in her being nominated for the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award.

A few years ago Harina put on a show at children’s hospice Richard House in Newham and said seeing the reaction of the children inspired her.

“I did a dance show with my friend and older sister and I wanted another possibility to do something more,” she said.

“It was just a little dance and it made them so happy.

“I really wanted to help.”

Harina attends Ursuline Academy, Morland Road, Ilford, where she is doing A-levels in sociology, biology and psychology.

She is due to do the skydive on June 7.

She said: “My parents think it’s really courageous.”

Harina has a history of raising money for charity and she and her two older sisters raised more than £3,000 by completing a five kilometre sponsored walk for the Meningitis Trust.

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