Tears mix with joy for Chelsea

Chelsea Wallace Skydive
Chelsea Wallace Skydive
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Tears mingled with joy as a brave teenager completed a skydive in memory of her baby niece.

Courageous Chelsea Wallace was inspired to undertake the charity challenge in memory of niece Tia who died from a rare heart condition at just 11 weeks old.

Chelsea, from Wainfleet, has raised more than £1,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children in London where Tia spent her short life.

The 17-year-old tackled the tandem jump earlier this month to pay tribute to Tia.

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

She passed away in 2008 after surgery at Great Ormond Street for a coronary condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

Chelsea’s mum Judith and Heidi went along to show their support watching her jump at Sibson Aerodrome near Peterborough.

She was overwhelmed by emotion after completing the descent from around 13,000ft.

Chelsea said: “When I got to the ground I did cry, not because of being scared. It was just knowing what I had done for my beautiful niece Tia.

“I also cried because my sister had told me how proud she was to have me as a sister and how much she loved me for doing it. I want to thank her and my brother-in-law Gary for all their support. It meant a lot to know how proud I made them.

“I have raised over a thousand pounds and I got so much support from my friends and family.”

Thrill-seeker Chelsea had no fear of taking the plunge and is now aiming to complete a formation skydive.

She added: “The skydive was one of the best things I have done in my life. I wasn’t even scared and when I jumped down one of the first things I said was ‘I love the view’.”

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