Football star in sky fall for friend

Rachel Furness, from Washington, who is going to skydive for the British Heart Foundation.
Rachel Furness, from Washington, who is going to skydive for the British Heart Foundation.
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A SOCCER star will be taking the plunge hoping to net cash for the charity that helped her pal recover from a heart condition.

Rachel Furness, 25, from Washington, was inspired to take part in a parachute jump by her friend and the fact that her grandfather died from a heart attack nine years ago

Despite being scared of heights, the Sunderland Ladies’ midfielder is going tumble 12,000ft from a plane next month in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

Rachel, who also plays for the Northern Ireland national women’s team said: “I wanted to do something for charity. I like playing, but I am really scared of heights, so I thought the jump is going to be me overcoming a fear, but it can possibly help save a life.

“It’s just kind of a spur-of-the -moment thing. I did not want to pick up something that is easy but something extreme, which people to appreciate.

“My grandad had a heart condition, and one of my closest friends’ sister had also a heart condition and is actually getting better now because of getting help from the foundation. I think that’s what actually made me raise money for the charity.

“I know the charity does great things, so if I can help raise money for that charity to help further their knowledge so that they can help more people, I will do it.

Bayram Said, the charity’s events project manager, added: “Every family is touched by heart disease in some way. Thanks to the support of people like Rachel, the British Heart Foundation can fund lifesaving research, which could lead to a brighter future for so many people.

“Rachel is proof that anyone can be an action hero for the afternoon. What’s more, by becoming a Heart Flyer and skydiving for the Foundation, Rachel is supporting our fight to rid the UK of heart disease and the misery it brings.”

Donations for the jump, on November 2, can be made at