Five to take the plunge to aid two African charities
A GROUP of five Frome people will be leaping from the top of Cranmore Tower on Saturday to raise cash for two African charities.
Sarah Hillman, founder of the Mama Upendo Trust in Kenya, her daughter Kisella, Mike McGarrigle, Russell Booth and Adam Stammers attached to a zip wire will be jumping the 148ft from the top of the tower to the bottom.
The jump is organised by the SOS Africa charity, which funds the education and care of under-privileged African township children.
Half the money raised by the team will go to SOS Africa and half to the Mama Upendo Trust. The trust was begun by 51-year-old Mrs Hillman, of Keyford, Frome, and provides shelter, care, education and future opportunities to children orphaned through HIV/AIDS or other misfortune.
The orphanage, based in the Kitui district in the eastern province of Kenya, has 45 children in its care and costs £1,000 a year per child to run. Every penny raised goes to support the children.
So far the team has collected £400 but are hoping to raise more which will go towards installing a chimney in the orphanage kitchen.
Anyone wishing to make a donation can go to www.just giving.com/MamaUpendo ZipWire.
Mrs Hillman said: "It is not in my African nature to take risks of any kind and I don't like heights but I am doing it to better the lives of our children at the orphanage."
The jump will be at noon.