Twenty-one-year-old Becky Cousins is putting aside her fear of heights to do a sky dive on Saturday to raise funds for the Stroke Association.
Becky, who lives in Blackboys and works at Bentons on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate in Uckfield, has chosen the charity because she recently lost a close friend following a stroke and her late grandmother suffered a stroke too.
She said: “I used to do a lot of running for charity but I’ve got problems with my knees now and so I was looking for some other way of raising money.”
Becky will do her sky dive on Saturday at Headcorn in Kent. She will jump in tandem with a qualified instructor.
She was prompted to do the sky dive following the death of Robin Staples, who lived about a mile from Becky’s home and was a huge part of her life.
It was Becky who found Mrs Staples after her stroke. She used to visit morning and night, before and after work, to help her friend look after her pony.
“She used to run a stud when she was younger and would tell me how she won stud of the year two years running. She used to do a lot of showing and her ponies went all over the world. It is because of Mrs Staples that I now have three horses of my own.”
Becky has a tattoo – in the form of a horse shoe and lavender, the colour and flower that Mrs Staples loved – to remind her of her friend. Now she is pleased to be doing something practical to help the Stroke Association.
If you would like to contribute to Becky’s fund-raising please visit her JustGiving page.