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Newquay's Sophia, 16, to skydive in her dad's memory

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 26, 2013

  • Sophia Foster doing a skydive in aid of her dad Ray Smith

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A NEWQUAY teenager who lost her dad to cancer will jump from an aeroplane two miles high to raise money for charity in his memory.

Sophia Foster will complete a charity skydive on Saturday in memory of her dad, Ray Smith, who died of stomach cancer in May.

Mr Smith was diagnosed with cancer in January, just one day after his 51st birthday, and died at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell only four months later.

Sophia has now decided to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care and the Sunrise Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, in his memory.

The Truro School student, who lives in Porth, said: "I was very close to my dad. He was a really great guy. He was quite well known around Newquay.

"He died in Mount Edgcumbe Hospice. He suffered a really short time. He was in the hospice for a week and they looked after him really well.

"So, I am raising money for Cornwall Hospice Care but I thought it would be good to raise money for prevention too, even though the hospice is amazing. So I am also raising money for the Sunrise Centre at Treliske which does research into cancer and provides treatment."

Sophia is doing her skydive at 8am on Saturday in Perranporth, during the last weekend of the season for jumps.

Having turned 16 last week, Sophia is only just old enough to take part.

She said: "I am nervous – it's two miles high. I didn't know that until Monday.

"I don't really mind heights but the person I am doing it with is petrified of them.

"If anyone could support the cause and sponsor me I would really appreciate it. It's not about me; it's for an amazing cause. Someone has got to do it."

Sophia, who has so far raised around £400 for both causes, is also holding a charity auction in the near future at Hotel Victoria in Newquay in a bid to raise more money.

To support Sophia's cause and donate prizes or funds, please call Hollie Bone on 01872 247440.

Cornwall Hospice Care, which Mount Edgcumbe Hospice is a part of, provides specialist care and support to adults in Cornwall with life-limiting illnesses, along with their families, friends and carers. The Sunrise Centre is the oncology (cancer) centre for Cornwall.

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