Jade ready to leap from plane in friend’s memory

Jade Howard
Jade Howard

A teenager is preparing to jump 10,000 feet this weekend to raise money in memory of her friend.

Jade Howard, 16, is skydiving on behalf of road safety charity Brake.

Her friend and Thrapston Primary School classmate William Elbrow died in a collision in Cambridgeshire in May 2007 at the age of eight.

Louise Elbrow, William’s mum, has also raised money for Brake, and Jade said watching Louise skydive had inspired her to do the same.

“I said I wanted to do it after seeing Will’s mum do it,” Jade said. “My mum hoped I would forget about it. I am really excited.”

Jade, who has so far raised more than £700, had hoped to make the leap last weekend, but it had to be postponed because of high winds.

Louise said her family was really proud of Jade, who now attends Prince William School in Oundle.

“I did one about three years ago and Jade came to watch,” Louise said.

“It’s every mum’s nightmare that people will forget William. But it (Jade’s skydive) is a realisation people don’t forget. It’s so lovely on so many levels.”

To donate money towards Jade’s skydive, visit www.justgiving.com/jade-howard.