August 21 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, September 22, 2013
A mother of two is feeling sky high after she raised more than £400 for two armed forces charities and a Norwich school at the first of what is hoped is a long series of fund-raising events.
Charlotte Rees, 25, organised a charity fun day and sky dive at Beccles Airfield at Ellough in aid of Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which supports the children of service personnel killed on duty, Support Our Soldiers, which sends gift boxes to troops at Christmas, and Harford Manor School.
Saturday’s charity event was attended by several hundred people and had face painting, a raffle, jewellery and craft stalls, sumo wrestling games, badge making session, and name the reindeer and guess the number of sweets in a jar competitions.
And eight brave souls, including Miss Rees’s boyfriend Gary Crowe, also did a sky dive in support of the three causes.
Saturday’s fun was Miss Rees’ first charity event she has organised and she now hopes to set up her own charity, South East Charity Events, in support of the armed forces and other good causes.
Miss Rees, from Lakenham, said: “I am really pleased with how the day went. It was my first event and I hope the next one will attract even more people as it should be in Norwich next year.”
When she started to organised the fun day, Miss Rees had hoped to do a sky dive, but because of a slipped discs she was unable to.
However her partner bravely took the plunge and leap out of plane at 13,000ft.
Mr Crowe, 32 and who has diabetes and epilepsy, said: “I really enjoyed doing it. I will be going back to do it again.”
Miss Rees embarked on her charity drive as she was so affected by the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, London.
In June she helped to organise the Stand Strong March in June and after contacting Mr Rigby’s mother to ask which charity she would like her to support, Miss Rees chose Scotty’s Little Soldiers.