Teenager with cystic fibrosis plans 10,000ft skydive

Jess Harrison, 17, will sky dive from 10,000 ft to raise money for cystic fibrosis - a condition she sufferes from. EMN-140409-150459001
Jess Harrison, 17, will sky dive from 10,000 ft to raise money for cystic fibrosis - a condition she sufferes from. EMN-140409-150459001

A teenager with cystic fibrosis will be skydiving from 10,000 feet to raise money for the trust that supports her and fellow sufferers.

Jess Harrison was born with the condition and has been predicted a life expectancy of 34 years.

But the 17-year-old, from Shelley Close, Stamford, who has every intention of proving the prediction wrong, said: “That is simply not happening.”

A vocalist with the band The Straights, Jess is more at risk of getting illnesses and has trouble with her breathing which, she says, is improved by her singing.

The condition also has a direct link to diabetes.

Jess said: “There’s nothing I can really do about it so I just get on with it.”

On October 4, The Deepings School sixth form pupil will take part in a sky dive at Stibbington to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Jess said she was raising funds for the charity because the difference made by their research gives people like her “hope for the future”.

As part of her fundraising, Jess will also host a charity gig night at Braceborough Village Hall on September 13 at 7.30pm where her five-piece band The Straights will be among those playing.

Tickets cost £6 and can be purchased at the door. There will be food on sale and those attending can take their own drinks.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Jess-Harrison.