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Girl dedicates 13,000 foot jump to her late best friend

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

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A TEENAGE dare devil from Burton is jumping out of a plane from 13,000 feet in dedication to her best friend who died last year.

Hazel Holland, 17, of Tower Road, is completing the skydive to raise money for the Cardiomyopathy Association.

Her best friend, Tom Wilkinson, 
tragically lost his life to cardio-
myopathy in April last year.

Like in Tom’s case, the illness is often undetected until after a person has been killed by the condition.

Hazel hopes that her skydive will not only raise money for the charity, but also raise public awareness of the 
relatively unknown and uncurable heart muscle disease.

It affects people of all ages and is mostly inherited.

Although there is currently no cure for the condition, it is treatable if found and most who receive treatment go on to live a long and full life.

On her ‘Do It For Charity’ page, Hazel said: “This charity means alot to me, Tom’s family and friends and I would be so grateful for any donations.

“I may be slightly mad, but if i can do anything to raise money for Tom and anyone else with the condition, I will jump at the chance - excuse the pun.”

Hazel aimed to raise £1,000 with her jump but, with giftaid, she has already smashed that target by almost £500.

Hazel’s mum, Jill Holland said: “She’s braver than i am, I’m very proud of her.

“To be honest, I’m probably more nervous than she is.”

Providing her nerves hold out, Hazel will complete her jump on July 1 at Langar Airfield in Nottingham.

Anybody wanting to support Hazel with her skydive can do so by going to www.doitforcharity.com/hholland.

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