Local girl Sarah from Sighthill claims the idea came to her after meeting her partner’s Grandmother, Nan Jackson, who is a Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) user. Until this point Sarah had never experienced deafness or sign language in real life, only what she saw on TV, but since meeting Nan she has taken it upon herself to build awareness and become involved in fundraising for Deaf Action. The choice to do something as drastic as a sky dive was made based upon her needing to do something outlandish in order to push herself and to get people’s attention, “I like to be challenged and feel if I’m going to do something for charity then it needs to be out with my comfort zone and something interesting for people giving sponsorship”
Sarah has also been very proactive in learning about deafness, not just fundraising, and has even learned British Sign Language (BSL) herself so that she can communicate effectively with Nan. She admits that until she met Nan she had no idea about how a deaf person lives day to day and hadn’t really thought about it before. This is one of the main reasons Sarah wants to get involved, “I hope to raise some awareness and recognition for a charity that does so much”. Sarah chose Deaf Action as her benefitting charity when she realised the level of support and services they provide for people living with all types of hearing needs.
Despite having hand fed tigers and swam with sharks, Sarah claims she is scared of the skydive, but excited at the prospect, and on Saturday she will be given all the safety training she needs at the Stirling Parachute centre where the dive will be performed. Her family, supportive but too scared to watch, will not be there to witness the event, but a DVD will be provided at the end for everyone to enjoy. Although a skydive is a daunting prospect, Sarah is not too anxious about it as she maintains, “I’d quite like to go to the stunt school in England for a day and drive in reverse at 80mph. That might be quite fun”. This may be the next daring act to follow.
You can support Sarah’s jump online http://www.justgiving.com/