Teenagers ready to jump to honour Devizes School pupil

This Is Wiltshire: Georgia Walker and Charlie Buckingham are to skydive in memory of Harry Dodds Georgia Walker and Charlie Buckingham are to skydive in memory of Harry Dodds

Two close friends of daredevil Harry Dodds, who died of brain cancer two years ago, are to undertake the sort of fundraising challenge he would have enjoyed.

Georgia Walker, 16, and Charlie Buckingham, 16, are to jump 15,000ft from a plane today to raise money for a hospice that helped Harry during the last days of his life.

The two teenagers will take part in a parachute jump at Hinton Skydiving Centre in memory of Harry, of Brickley Lane, Devizes, who died aged 15 in May 2012.

The Devizes School pupil and member of Devizes Town Youth Football was helped to fulfil a number of his ambitions during the last months of his life, including a ride in a Ferrari and a helicopter trip.

He died in Helen & Douglas House, Oxford, and now Charlie and Georgia want to do their bit to add to the total of £6,700 that has already been raised for the hospice by Harry’s friends.

Georgia said: “We are excited and happy to do the skydive as we are raising money for a very good cause and in memory of our lovely, kind friend Harry. He would have laughed knowing we were doing this.”

Charlie paid tribute to the hospice and said: “Even though everyone was going through a difficult time it was so lovely to see a smile on Harry’s face.

"The hospice was lovely and made his stay there very enjoyable and they were brilliant to Harry and his family.

“I have to raise a minimum of £350 before the jump so that I can actually do the jump and I would like help from you. Even if it's 1p, it doesn’t matter.”

Charlie’s dad Paul, who managed the football team in which Harry and Charlie played, said: “We are very proud of what Charlie and Georgia are both doing.”

Trish Macintyre, Legacy and In Memory Fundraiser at Helen & Douglas House, said; “We have to raise over 80 per cent of the £5m we need every year to run the two houses. We really appreciate the tremendous effort that Georgia and Charlie are making to raise money.

“It is such a wonderful tribute to their friend Harry and it means that they are helping us to carry on our work for other families struggling to cope with the impact of caring for a child with a life-shortening condition.”

Donate at www.justgiving.com/Charlie-Buckingham

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