Youngster from Alderley Edge overcomes skydive fears to raise cash for disability charity

A twenty-year-old from Alderley Edge plunged over 10,000 feet to raise funds for disabled children.

Seraphina Lafferty overcome her fears to complete a tandem skydive for disability charity Caudwell Children – leaving her family beaming with pride.

Despite previously suffering from anxiety, Seraphina was determined to carry out the skydive to support a cause close to her heart – and was inspired by her uncle Russell, the former captain of the RAF Falcons parachute display team.

The skydive is Seraphina and her family's latest fundraising effort for the charity, which has a specialist autism centre in Staffordshire.

Seraphina said "Fundraising for Caudwell Children means a lot to me because I'm very passionate about raising money for good causes and I love kids. My uncle was captain of the RAF parachute team and used to make all these crazy shapes in the air and I wanted to do the same

"He came to watch me with the rest of my family. He was quite nervous because he knows so much about the dangers of it, but he is very proud of me and very happy.

"I love being involved with charity work and fundraising. The money raised will change children's lives by funding equipment and services to help children and their families and build memories.

"Caudwell Children were so supportive and the skydive was so well organised. If you can help me to raise more money, please do."

So far Seraphina has raised more than £450 to help the charity support disabled children.

Serpahina's mum Hilary, 56, said "Seraphina used to have social anxiety and I think it's amazing that she's come so far, this is such a big step for her and give her a lot more confidence.

"I'm terrified of heights and she's my only daughter but I'm so happy for her to do this to help disabled children."

Caudwell Children's CEO Trudi Beswick said "We're incredibly proud and grateful to Seraphina for taking on the skydive challenge and raising vital funds to help us support disabled children.

"Parents and carers are struggling to access services now more than ever due the effects of the pandemic – we're doing all we can but we need people like Seraphina to support us.

"We offer a wide range of support for disabled children and their families. If you need our help, would like to join as a staff member or volunteer, or want to help us raise money – please get in touch. We'd love to have you on board."

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David Carey
Tuesday 10th August 2021 at 3:42 pm
Great to see someone so young supporting such a worthwhile cause as disabled children and families especially with all the struggles for families and carers due to the pandemic. Lets hope people support Caudwell Chidren and everything they do, so very well done Seraphina!