Volunteer Emma takes to the sky

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A VOLUNTEER will jump out of a plane to raise money for the care home she works at.

Emma Lloyd, who volunteers at Claremont House in Heckmondwike, is planning to use sponsorship money from her jump to pay for treats and outings for the residents.

She said: “I have been volunteering at Claremont House since October and I have become very fond of the residents. It’s really rewarding. I spend time talking to them, take them for a walk, look round the shops in Heckmondwike, do their nails or read with them.

“It is a Kirklees care home and they do get funding but there is not a great deal of spare money to buy them things like games or art supplies – all things that could be beneficial for them.

“I want to use the money to buy them things like that and to fund outings for the ones that are able to go out.”

Emma said she had found out about the home through Kirklees Council’s Gateway volunteering project.

She said: “I work in an office and I have always wanted to do some sort of volunteer work. I wanted to give something back. I do six hours a week in the evening.”

Emma lives in Liversedge with her boyfriend David. She said he was supportive of her skydive, which is in October, but nervous for her too.

She said: “I’ve never done it before and I am excited about it. I’m not scared but I might be feeling different when I’m on the plane.

“I was thinking about doing a sponsored walk but I wanted to do something different.”

Emma needs to raise £500 to pay for the jump. Visit www.ukskydiving.co.uk and search for Emma Lloyd.