Sophie takes the plunge for cancer charity

PUBLISHED: 11:31 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 12:46 06 May 2010

Sophie with her instructor on the charity jump

Sophie with her instructor on the charity jump

READING an article about Marie Curie nurses inspired schoolgirl Sophie Hudson to do a parachute jump to support them. Sophie, aged 16, of Taylor Close, St Albans, jumped from a plane at 14,000 feet, and raised £800 in sponsorship money for Marie Curie Can

READING an article about Marie Curie nurses inspired schoolgirl Sophie Hudson to do a parachute jump to support them.

Sophie, aged 16, of Taylor Close, St Albans, jumped from a plane at 14,000 feet, and raised £800 in sponsorship money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The Sandringham pupil was sponsored by many of her school friends to do the jump which took place at an airfield in Oxford.

From 14,000 feet Sophie and other jumpers exited the plane with an instructor and free-fell to 4,000 feet before the parachute was opened.

She was excited by the jump until she got to the door of the plane when it was too late to turn back. She said: "As we fell I was concentrating on trying to breathe which was difficult because of the wind. I knew we were falling but strangely it did not feel like we were going anywhere."

Once the parachute opened, the instructor let Sophie steer and they touched down safely.

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