A thrill-seeking teacher is to take a 13,000 foot leap of faith to say thank you to the staff from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) who she credits as helping to “save her life”. Maisie Jermyn, who lives in Ipswich, will freefall at speeds of up to 120mph when she jumps from a plane over Beccles Airfield on Sunday (22 May), the day before her 25th birthday. She is now appealing for sponsorship and hopes to raise as much money as possible for NSFT after receiving treatment from the Suffolk Coastal Integrated Delivery Team.
Maisie, who teaches in Kesgrave, said: “NSFT is close to my heart and I wanted to do something to say thank you for the help the team has given me.
“I started receiving treatment in 2010 and the staff have been absolutely fantastic throughout. They have been really supportive – without them I really don’t know where I would be.
“When I ask for help they give me therapy, if I call they always come back to me and if they cannot help personally, they will find someone else who can. They have a holistic view of recovery and have literally saved my life.”
Maisie will be well supported by her family and friends on Sunday, and has also told the children she teaches about her daredevil challenge.
She added: “Jumping from a plane is something I’ve always thought of doing, and as I turn 25 this year I thought it was the perfect time to take the plunge. It’s also symbolic for me as it marks the end of the latest chapter of my recovery.
“I’m excited but have tried not to think about it too much. I really just need to jump and when I land, I’m going to forget all about the past and concentrate on looking forward to the future. And it’s all thanks to the team at NSFT who have helped me reach this turning point in my life.”
Maisie has already raised £400, which is double her original target of £200. To sponsor her, visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/maisiejermyn1