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Teen with cerebral palsy plans her charity skydive

Sophia Banger preparing for her skydive
Sophia Banger preparing for her skydive Image credit: dailyecho.co.uk

A sixteen-year-old girl from Hampshire is about to drop 15,000 feet from the sky to prove her disability does not stop from living life to the full.

Don’t worry, Sophia Banger will be attached to parachute when she jumps out from a plane to help her family’s charity.

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit hard on the Knights Foundation, which supports children with disabilities living in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.

Founded by Sophia’s family the organisation provides accessible equipment and sensory day trips for disabled youngsters and young carers as well as respite holidays at the Lodge, situated in the New Forest.

But lockdown has seen the charity struggle for vital funding to save the charity from closing.

Sophia’s mum Stephanie, marketing manager for the Knights Foundation, told Daily Echo: "Having committed to the Lodge it would take four years to pay off, but with fundraising virtually non-existent during lockdown we have had to do things different with the Charity.

"Sophia came up with the idea of doing a skydive to fundraise for the Lodge and to push the boundaries, but also to give younger disabled children the hope that they can do what they want, they may just have to do things a little differently."

Sophia said: "I am literally throwing myself into this for two very good reasons.

"One, I want to show younger children who have disabilities, that they can have the same thrills and sensory experiences as able bodied people.

"And two, I really want to help support other families with disabled children to have a much needed break in the fully adapted Knights Foundation Lodge."

Sophia’s skydive takes place at Salisbury’s Old Sarum Airfield on Monday April 26, you can make a donation on her Just Giving page.