Courageous teen set to skydive in memory of niece

Chelsea Wallace, 17, set to skydive in memory of her niece.
Chelsea Wallace, 17, set to skydive in memory of her niece.

A courageous teenager has been inspired to skydive from 12,000ft in memory of her baby niece.

Chelsea Wallace, of Wainfleet, will take to the skies in a tribute to baby Tia who died from a rare heart condition at just 11 days old.

Skegness Academy student Chelsea is raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children in London where Tia spent her short life.

Tia passed away in 2008 after surgery at the hospital for a coronary condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Chelsea, 17, is fulfilling her ambition to help Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity by taking to the skies tomorrow (Thursday).

Tackling the tandem jump, Chelsea will be descending at a speed of more than 120 mph.

Chelsea said: “The hospital did everything that they could for Tia in the 11 days that she was alive.

“I want to help other people in the same situation by raising as much money for this cause as possible.

“I asked if the money could be donated to the heart ward at Great Ormond Street and the hospital agreed.

“I have wanted to skydive for a couple of years, now that I can, it is so exciting.

“My teachers are a bit scared for me, but I am not scared at all.”

Tia was the daughter of Chelsea’s sister Heidi who has two other children.

Chelsea’s mum Judith and Heidi will be watching her jump at Sibson Aerodrome near Peterborough.

Chelsea’s fundraising appeal has already raised about £600.

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/chelsea-wallace.