A Louth student is preparing to undertake a daring skydive from 15,000ft to raise money for an autism charity that has supported her brother.
Lily Watson, 17, who attends King Edward VI Grammar School Sixth Form, is raising funds for FLAG (Family Links Around Grimsby), a small charity that provides recreational activities for children who have a range of disabilities and special needs in the local area.
Lily’s 15-year-old brother Angus, who is severely autistic, has been attending FLAG for the past eight years, which has allowed him to make new friends and develop recreational and independence skills, while offering Lily and her family some respite from their otherwise busy lives.
Lily said: “Angus requires constant supervision in order to keep him safe as he has absolutely no sense of danger.
“We live rurally and finding any activities that are appropriate for Angus is quite difficult as he gets older.
“Mum and Dad strive to provide him with as many different experiences and give him scope for his much-needed physical exploration as much as possible.”
“I want to thank FLAG for all those Saturdays and help raise some funds for more families in the Grimsby area to have some respite from their crazy restricted lives.”
Speaking about her upcoming skydive, which will take place in Hibaldstow on November 22, Lily said: “I must admit, I am feeling a little nervous about the jump, although I am very excited. Skydiving has been something that I have always wanted to do.”
Lily has already raised over £450 towards her fundraising target so far.
She added: “My absolute dream would be to raise £1000, as that would enable 100 children to go to one of the Saturday clubs.
“I have first hand experience as to how valuable this time can be to families, so I couldn’t think of a better thing to fundraise for.”
• Visit Lily’s fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Lily-Watson17 to donate, or text FLAG99 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070.