Bexley teen raises cash for charity with sky dive

PUBLISHED: 12:26 07 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:26 07 August 2015

Grace Hannaford doing the skydive

Grace Hannaford doing the skydive


The Beths Grammar School pupil made £666 for mental health charity Young Minds

Grace Hannaford with Jack PetcheyGrace Hannaford with Jack Petchey

A Bexley teenager has raised a whopping £666 for youth mental health charity Young Minds, after she took part in a sky dive to mark the 15th anniversary of youth charity the Jack Petchey Foundation.

The jump took place at the North London Skydiving Centre, with Grace Hannaford completing a tandem jump with a qualified instructor.

The 18-year-old said: “I chose to raise money for Young Minds because the subject of mental health is not highlighted enough by schools or the media. There is a lack of serious focus and understanding of the problems that many young people face.

“Figures state that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in the course of a year and in my eyes that’s already one person too many. We need to raise awareness of Young Minds and other mental health charities in order educate people that mental health problems among young people can have a seriously effect on their lives.”

The Beths Grammar School pupil raised the money by advertising her just giving page on social media and asking friends and family for donations.

The sky dive was organised as part of the Jack Petchey Foundation’s 15th anniversary. The foundation was set up in 1999 with the aim of supporting young people with a range of programmes. July also marked the founder, Jack Petchey’s 90th birthday.

Mr Petchey CBE said: “Congratulations to the young people on competing the sky dive. Each of them should be extremely proud of their fundraising efforts and I hope they enjoyed the day. Through our various programmes and award schemes, the Foundation gives young people opportunities and helps them believe that whatever their background, they can achieve. That’s where we get our saying ‘If you think you can, you can’. I am very proud of every young person that has participated, and look forward to supporting more young people to reach their goals.”


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