Daredevil Melton grandma, 72, to take plunge for charity with granddaughter and her best friend

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A daredevil grandma will be plummeting from a plane on Saturday, along with her granddaughter and her best friend, to raise funds for three charities.

Sheila Compton (72), who volunteers at the Dove Cottage Tea Room on Thursdays, is taking the plunge in aid of the hospice in Stathern.

Sheila, who lives in Cranmere Road, Melton, said: “I’ve always said I wanted to do something silly before I’m too old! At the moment I don’t feel too nervous, you’ve just got to go for it!”

Her granddaughter, Sophie Lewis, wanted to do the skydive for her 21st birthday later this month and to conquer her biggest fear - heights! She’s raising funds for a charity close to her heart - the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Trust.

Sophie, of Cottesmore Avenue, Melton, said: “My mum has suffered with MS for almost 20 years now. It’s an illness you can’t see on the surface so you’d never know she was suffering beneath her huge smile! I want to help the charity, which isn’t as well known as others, and hopefully make people more aware of the illness and how awful it can be.

“I think it’s amazing my grandma is doing a skydive. All donations will be hugely appreciated and motivate us even more to jump out of that plane.”

Sophie’s best friend, Laura Beecham, who works as a hairdresser in Melton, will be jumping in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Laura recently lost her grandad to the disease.

To sponsor Sheila you can fill in forms at the Dove Cottage Tea Room or Melton Golf Club

To sponsor Sophie visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SophieLewis5

To sponsor Laura visit https://www.justgiving.com/Laura-Hitchens