A High Wycombe care worker is preparing to face her fear of heights head-on by jumping from 13,000 feet for charity.
Alysia Fontaine is raising money for Royal Star & Garter, the charity she works for, by taking part in the fundraising skydive on 8 July.
The 24-year-old is a Wellbeing Coordinator at the charity’s High Wycombe Home. It provides loving, compassionate care to veterans and their partners living with disability or dementia. Royal Star & Garter also has Homes in Solihull and Surbiton.
For Alysia, the thought of leaping from a plane is one that fills her with dread. She said: “This is the stuff of nightmares for me because I’m absolutely terrified of heights. Standing on a bridge makes me feel panicky, so jumping from a plane is a really big deal for me. The residents at Royal Star & Garter think I’m mad. I’m very nervous, but I’m very excited at the same time.”
Explaining why she is raising money for Royal Star & Garter, Alysia, who also lives in High Wycombe, added: “I think what we do in our three Homes is great, and I wanted to help support the Homes as much as I can. In that respect, I’m really looking forward to it. And even though the thought of jumping from a plane is daunting, it is nothing compared to the things our residents as veterans have faced in their lifetimes.”