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Fundraising mum takes a big leap to help sick cildren

Fundraising mum takes a big leap to help sick cildren

Francis Batt

Fundraising mum takes a big leap to help sick cildren

Fund raising Windsor mum jumped for joy on Sunday - helping raise £5,383.80 for sick children by leaping out of a plane.

Ilknur Harris, of Carter Close, joined three friends in a sky dive in Salisbury to raise money for Sebastian's Action Trust, the charity that provides a holiday home for sick children and their families.

Her three-year-old son Ali has leukaemia but was there on Sunday to wish his mum good luck.

The 45-year-old, who is an accountant for the Fiat group in Slough, went up in the air with two work colleagues Sara Ricci and Lia Bettini and another chum Adil Akkus from Virgin Media.

With the help of professional instructors from the company GoSkiDive, Ilknur and her pals had a quick training session - then made the big leap. She did the jump  in memory of her daughter Burcak, whose 21st birthday would have been last week but died five years ago.

Ilknur said: "It was a fantastic experience. I couldn't wish for a better day. The sun was shining and we were surrounded by family and friends. It was so lovely to see people dear to us who were there to support us on this special day, while  celebrating Burcak's life and remembering her.

"I think we made everyone proud who contributed to this great cause to support seriously ill children. So far, we collectively raised £5,383.80 for Sebastian's Action Trust. There is still more money to come so I. hoping that we will be able to raise almost £6000. 

"A friend of mine,  Jessica Jager ran the London Marathon on the same day in memory of Burcak and to raise money for Sebastian Action trust and MacMillan Cancer Support. She raised a total of £576.25 which will be split between the two charities."

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