Death-defying skydive by charity-inspired Penarth woman
10:02am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Penarth news
A PENARTH woman is set to skydive 10,000 feet in aid of charity before embarking on a ‘Building Blitz’ in Kenya.
Danielle Lane, 20, will complete the death-defying leap of faith on Sunday, September 15, in aid of the Niall Mellon Township Trust.
She will then travel to Kenya with the house building charity in October to help build two schools for local children in Nairobi, Kenya.
It will be the second time that Danielle, of Coleridge Avenue, has completed voluntary work for the charity. In November last year she went to Cape Town in South Africa and, after learning bricklaying, helped build houses for the poor in a township.
“It was amazing when I went last year and was a real eye opener,” she said.
“It was really hard work but it was worth it as you could see it made a difference.”
Danielle, who used to coach rugby to under 8’s and 9’s at the Old Penarthians, added: “It was so rewarding, but was also exhausting.
“When you hand over the house you know that you have made a difference.”
Former Stanwell School pupil Danielle, who was appointed a ‘Gold Ambassador’ for sport by the Vale Council for the Olympics and Paralympics two years ago, added: “Last year I was doing brick laying and I picked it up fairly quickly, but it was hard work and really tiring.”
In October this year she will be going to Kenya for ten days to help with the latest project, where work will be completed on the Ruben Centre and Saint Catherine’s School.
“They are building the foundations now and they are going to finish it off when I go over there,” she said.
“The money I raise will go towards funding that work and sending teachers over there when work is finished.”
Danielle, who is about to start her second year of teaching at the University of the West of England, will be taking part in the tandem skydive in Bristol.
“I’m kind of dreading it but it should be fun,” she said.
“I’m funding it myself so all the money is going straight to charity.”
She added about her future: “I want to be a teacher and possibly go away for a year and teach abroad.”
You can sponsor Danielle at www.justgiving.com/danielle-lane