Leap of faith raises £300

A woman took a leap of faith to raise money in memory of her mother.

Sophia Hughes, from Shiremoor, raised £300 for St Oswald’s Hospice, in Gosforth, by taking part in a sponsored bungee jump from the Tyne Bridge.

Sophia said: “My mum was cared for at the hospice seven years ago. The jump is my way of giving something back to show my appreciation.

“I felt really young when mum passed away as I was only 21, but now I’m older I want to continue to fundraise.

“The bungee jump was amazing. It was the first one I’ve done and it gave me a huge adrenaline rush.

“I was really excited until I got to the top, then my nerves kicked in. I’m thinking of doing a skydive next.”

Amy Slater, fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said: “We’re so grateful that Sophia supported St Oswald’s with her sponsored bungee jump.”

She added: “She’s very brave for taking on the challenge and the money she has raised will help make a difference to local people.

“We rely on voluntary donations from supporters and need to raise over £6.5m each year to continue providing care to north east adults, young people and children.

“Events like bungee jumps are fantastic and allow our supporters to tick something off their life list whilst raising money for a good cause.”