Chelsea dives in to help kids

Chelsea gets a kiss of thanks from Finlay
Chelsea gets a kiss of thanks from Finlay
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There aren’t many 16-year-olds who would be willing to jump from a plane with just a parachute for safety, but try telling that to Chelsea Irvine.

The brave 16-year-old from Kirkcaldy took to the skies last month in a bid to raise money for Edinburgh’s Sick Kids Hospital, and has managed to raise nearly £1000 so far.

Staff at the hospital helped nurse little Finlay King, who is the grandson of Chelsea’s foster mum Helen McConnell, back to health after he was born seven weeks premature and contracted a deadly strain of bacterial meningitis.

But thankfully, after six brain operations and six months of hospital visits, Finlay was put on the road to recovery and is now a happy and healthy three year old.

Foster mum Helen, who Chelsea has been with for eight years, explains: “Chelsea’s been here since Finlay was really ill - he was only three pounds when he was born so I think we were all amazed with what the doctors did for him.

“My daughter’s husband has already done two Coast-to-Coast walks for the Sick Childrens Hospital and Chelsea said she wanted to do something, and she came up with the skydiving.”

And after a cancellation earlier in the summer, the skydive was finally planned for Saturday, October 27 and the whole family went along to watch Chelsea complete her terrifying challenge.

Speaking about the jump, Chelsea, a d player with East Fife Ladies, said: “I did half an hour’s training in the morning about all the positions and stuff and that was it.

“I wasn’t really nervous until I was in the plane. But it goes so fast you don’t really have time to think about it.

“I would do another skydive. You don’t know what to expect before you do it but after you’ve done it, you know what to expect so it’s OK.”

Finlay’s mum Linda added: “The Sick Kids Friends Foundation was really good and it does need to raise money.

‘‘We’re really proud of Chelsea, it’s a big thing to do and a lot of money to raise as well.”

If you would like to help Chelsea raise even more money, please visit www.justgiving.co.uk/chelsea-irvine.