Willesden teenager to do charity skydive for the Jack Petchey Foundation

PUBLISHED: 12:36 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:36 10 July 2015

Ellen Macdonald with Jack Petchey CBE

Ellen Macdonald with Jack Petchey CBE


An 18-year-old from Willesden has been chosen to take part in a charity skydive to mark the anniversary of a youth foundation.

Ellen Macdonald, who lives in Chambers Lane, beat hundreds of candidates to be selected as one of 15 young people from across London and Essex to take part to mark the 15th anniversary of youth charity the Jack Petchey Foundation.

She said: “I’m excited and nervous. All my friends are making me nervous asking ‘how are you doing it?’ but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, it’s on my bucket list, like bungee jumping.”

The sixth form student, who hopes to go to Nottingham University to study nursing in September, has to raise a minimum of £200 for a charity of her choice.

With young cancer sufferers in mind she is undertaking different sporting challenges including running, cycling and swimming.

She said: “I chose to raise money for Youth Cancer Trust because I think their work is incredible; they provide fun activities for young people with illnesses, to allow them to take their minds away from reality, and to enjoy their childhood; something I found very overwhelming.”

Ellen will complete a tandem jump with a qualified instructor at the North London Skydiving Centre at Chatteris Airfield in Cambridgeshire.

The skydive on July 29 coincides with the 90th birthday of its founder Jack Petchey CBE..

He said: “Congratulations to the young people on being selected for the sky dive. Each of them should be extremely proud of their fundraising efforts and I hope they enjoy the day. Through our various programmes and award schemes, the Foundation gives young people opportunities and helps them believe that whatever their background, they can achieve. That’s where we get our saying ‘If you think you can, you can’. I am very proud of every young person that has participated, and look forward to supporting more young people to reach their goals.”

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 and has supported nearly five million young people through a wide range of programmes, grants and award schemes.

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