Aylsham woman’s skydive for charity despite fear of heights

One of the News' advertising team is stepping out of a plane and into the headlines.

For, despite having a fear of heights, Ela Costello is tackling a tandem skydive from 13,000ft for a heli-medic charity.

Ela, from Aylsham is doing the leap for Magpas, an airborne volunteer medics service covering East Anglia.

She is doing it with her friend Sue Papworth from Cambridgeshire where the charity is based.

'I have vertigo including in glass lifts, but I like action sports and used to do three-day event horse riding - so when I heard Sue was planning a jump I volunteered too,' explained Ela, who is based at the News' Cromer office.

She has suffered a riding accident and her father Tom was also hurt in a car crash near Cawston years ago, so knows the value of air ambulance services,

'You never know when you are going to need one,' she said.

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Her jump is on June 30 at Sibson airfield near Peterborough and sees a freefall for 8,000ft strapped to an experienced skydiver before the chute is deployed 5,000ft from the ground.

'I am a bit nervous but am really looking to it,' said Ela.

People can support her effort by visiting the website https://www.justgiving.com/ela-costello or by dropping donations into the News office at 31 Church Street Cromer.