Skydive tribute to our ‘brightest star’

Poppie Smith who is going to do a sky dive in memory of her grandfather.Picture by Kate Shemilt C131586-2
Poppie Smith who is going to do a sky dive in memory of her grandfather.Picture by Kate Shemilt C131586-2
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A ROSE GREEN woman will be getting closer to her beloved ‘brightest star in the sky’ for a sponsored skydive.

Poppie Smith is staging the parachute jump from 13,000ft in memory of her late grandfather.

She hopes to raise at least £500 for the British Lung Foundation by leaping out of a plane above Petersfield at midday on December 14.

Poppie, 20, of The Nurseries, said: “My grandfather, Christopher Smith, who lived in the Bognor Regis area, passed away four years ago at the age of 87 due to lung cancer.

“He was the most important man in my life. I really wanted to do something in memory of him and also to raise awareness of the condition.

“I have got through his loss and I know how my family felt as well. I wanted to do the event in December because my grandfather always used to be with us for Christmas.

“We always used to say he was the brightest star in the sky and, by doing a skydive, I will be up there with him.

“It’s also quite a big thing to do as well.

“I have never done anything like it before. It will be quite special and memorable.”

Poppie, an estate agent in Pagham, said she was excited about her parachute jump.

“The only thing I am not looking forward to is leaving home at 7am to drive to Petersfield. I’m expecting to be quite nervous then,” she said.

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Poppie-Smith