High flying Gemma conquers her fears to raise over £1,000 for charity

Gemma Frankland doing her sky dive for Medaille Trust (s)
Gemma Frankland doing her sky dive for Medaille Trust (s)

The sky was the limit for a high flying Clitheroe teaching assistant who faced her fears to raise cash for a cause she is passionate about.

Gemma Frankland jumped from a plane at 12,000 feet and in temperatures of minus 14 degrees centigrade. But the big smile on her face shows she was happy to take on the challenge as she has raised £1,130 for the Medaille Trust which operates locally and cares for victims rescued from human trafficking and modern day slavery, providing them with safe houses and helping them to start a new life, free from the clutches of their traffickers.

Gemma (32) was nervous about the sky dive as it was cancelled several times due to bad weather but during that time her sponsor money mounted up.

It is the second time she has completed the challenge after taking to the skies in 2012 for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Gemma admitted it was the scariest thing she has ever done but she did not hesitate to do it again when she asked what she could do to help as she was concerned about people who suffer abuse or exploitation.

Her parents, Anthony and Mary Brown of Eshton Terrace are anti-trafficking campaigners and they suggested she could do the skydive for Anti-Slavery Day.

Gemma said: “The sky dive was the scariest thing I have ever done and I am not easily scared as I have held a huge boa constrictor around me.

“I can’t tell my dad how I feel about sky diving but I was happy to do it for Anti-Slavery Day.’’