Emily, 15, goes over the top for a good cause

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Rebuilding London Bridge Station - By Vicky Castle

An Ash­ford teenager will be jump­ing 200ft off the O2 arena on Satur­day to raise money for a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal.

Emily Phillips, 15, from South Willes­bor­ough, will be rais­ing the cash for Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal – a char­ity she says is very close to her fam­ily’s hearts.

The Folke­stone School for Girls pupil said: “My brother Jakey was looked af­ter there be­fore he died and I hope to give just a lit­tle back for the work they did with him and my fam­ily.”

Jakey was just three years old when he died of a car­diac ar­rest.

He would have been 22 this year and sadly passed away be­fore Emily was born.

Emily added: “It was thanks to Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal that my brother stayed alive for as long as he did and I know how im­por­tant a place it is to my fam­ily.”

When asked about the bungee jump, she said: “I’m a lit­tle bit ner­vous and a lit­tle bit ex­cited, I think I’m mostly look­ing for­ward to it!”

Nan Daphne said she’s in­cred­i­bly proud of her grand­daugh­ter and while she would be go­ing along to sup­port, she wouldn’t be watch­ing.

She said: “She’s a dare­devil! I shall be watch­ing with my eyes closed.

“I am a bit ner­vous for her but she’s done some­thing a bit sim­i­lar be­fore and came away laugh­ing and jok­ing so I’m sure she’ll be fine.

“But there’s no way you’d catch me do­ing some­thing like that!”

To sup­port Emily’s jump, visit www.just­giv­ing.com/Emily-Phillips16.

Emily Phillips will be do­ing a bungee jump for Great Or­mond Street Hos­pi­tal

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