AN exhilarating charity skydive in memory of a beloved dad turned into an even more poignant occasion when his daughter scattered her father’s ashes in mid-air.
Danielle Horner, 17, took part in the daredevil feat from 13,000ft and made the experience even more memorable by taking the opportunity to scatter her dad Colin Horner’s ashes while gliding back to earth.
The Mail previously reported that SAICA Packaging worker Colin was just 39 when he died after suffering a massive heart attack while playing football at the Mill House Leisure Centre, in November 2010.
Danielle also used the brave feat to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the critical care unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, where dad-of-three Colin passed away six days after he collapsed, on November 11.
She estimates to have raised more than £700 for the two good causes, with more sponsorship still to come.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College student Danielle, who was supported by family and friends during the event, at Shotton Airfield last weekend, said: “It was absolute great.
“After the freefall had finished and we were gliding back down, I actually got given the opportunity to let go of some of my dads ashes, which was emotional.
“My dad always said he wanted to do a skydive for his 40th birthday, but obviously didn’t get to do it.
“My brothers, Anthony and Kevin, were going to scatter his ashes, if and when they did a skydive.
“It wasn’t planned, but I thought about it on the day and my mum brought dad’s ashes up to the airfield.
“There was lots of little things on the day that made it feel like it was meant to be, like my dad’s lucky number was seven, and I was seventh on the list to jump. “It was like he was with me.”
Danielle, who lives in the town’s Stratford Road, said the feeling of freefalling was “absolutely great - you are just full of adrenaline”.
She added: “I couldn’t have picked a better day, better weather, better supporters and an all-round better reason to jump.
“Sponsor money is also going great, I collected in over £200 more, just from the weekend!
“The total is now around £700, but there is more to come.”
There is still time to donate to Danielle’s fundraising efforts. To do so, search for “Danielle’s Sponsored Sky Dive” on Facebook or call 07557510899.