A STUDENT and hospice volunteer braved some extreme heights as she launched herself from a plane at 15,000 feet to raise money for charity.

Edrina Jones, from Whitefield, undertook a tandem parachute jump in aid of Bury Hospice.

She organised the fundraiser in memory of her late dad, Edward Jones, who died four years ago. He was very fond of his day trips to the hospice during the 11 years he battled multiple myeloma.

Multiple myeloma is a rare form of bone marrow cancer which can affect the spine, skull, pelvis and ribs, causing severe pain, mostly affecting males over the age of 70.

Unfortunately, at the time of Mr Jones’s illness, there was a shortage of funds so he sacrificed his place at the day service so another patient could attend the hospice.

Edrina performed the jump with Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancaster, the longest running skydiving centre in the country, after being delayed due to adverse weather, supported by her family and friends, including her mum.

Edrina said: “It was absolutely amazing but awful at the same time.

“I'm so glad I’ve done it for such an amazing cause.

“I’m so grateful for everyone’s generous donations and support.

“I would like to thank everyone at Black Knights, especially Lee and Alan, my instructor and cameraman, and my mum, Jessica and Katrina, for coming along to watch me.”

Edrina established a fundraising target of £1,000 on her Just Giving page and has raised more than £2,300, more than doubling her original expectations.

For every person that has raised over £1,000 for the hospice, there is a heart on the Bury Hospice wall of hearts.

After raising so much money, Bury Hospice will be placing a heart on the wall in Mr Jones’s honour.

If you would like to donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/edrina-jones/