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Preparing for a 10,000-feet leap of faith

A trainee psychiatrist with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is preparing to take a 10,000-feet leap of faith by jumping from a plane to raise vital funds for charity.

Dr Jemima Jackson will complete a tandem skydive at Sibson Airfield, near Peterborough, on Saturday (18 May) to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation.

The jump will take place during Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday (19 May). It has been organised by the Foundation and this year is shining a spotlight on body image.

Jemima, 35, who lives in Norwich, is hoping to raise about £1,000 for the charity, which focuses on prevention and helping to address the causes of mental health problems.

“I’ve never done anything like this before, so I’m nervous but excited to be raising awareness of mental health and supporting the Mental Health Foundation,” said Jemima, who has worked for NSFT for two years and was elected as a Staff Governor at the Trust in February.

“I’m told the scary bits are jumping out of the plane and landing, but that everything in between is amazing. I’m sure afterwards I’ll just want to go back up and jump again!

“The fact that the jump will help raise awareness of mental health is also really important to me as I’m now in the second year of training to be a psychiatrist and the subject is close to my heart. I really like working in mental health and having the time to think about people and hear their stories.

“I’m now hoping to raise as much as I can for the charity so that they can continue their work to help those experiencing mental ill health.”

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