Fundraiser reaches for the sky

A PSYCHOLOGY graduate is facing her fears and jumping out of a plane to raise money for a children s charity. Lucy Elliott, of Livingstone Link in Stevenage, is hoping to raise more than �1,300 for Starfish Children s Services – a foster home in Xi an, Ch

A PSYCHOLOGY graduate is facing her fears and jumping out of a plane to raise money for a children's charity.

Lucy Elliott, of Livingstone Link in Stevenage, is hoping to raise more than �1,300 for Starfish Children's Services - a foster home in Xi'an, China, for babies with special health needs - when she does a skydive in Nottingham on June 14.

Lucy, 22, has recently arrived home after taking part in a six-month voluntary exchange programme called Global Xchange.

She spent three months living and volunteering in Edinburgh, followed by three months living and volunteering in Xi'an.

In September 2005, Amanda de Lange founded Starfish Children's Services to save children who have special healthcare needs and who are the most at-risk in its partner orphanages.

Starfish organises and pays for children's surgeries before providing post-operative care.

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It is then the goal to get these children adopted into stable and loving families.

Amanda and 10 nannies currently care for 36 babies who need constant care and require expensive operations.

Lucy said: "I was so touched by the work Amanda does and am still completely taken aback by the devotion and love she has for the babies in her care and the people around her.

"We have a lot more resources available to us for fundraising in the UK, so now I am home I want to do my bit to help Starfish Children's Services."

To sponsor Lucy, visit her fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/babyjump

For more information about Starfish Children's Services, visit www.thestarfishfosterhome.org

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