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Rajvir takes to skies in support of friend

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 25, 2014

By Jenny Moody

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A TEENAGER is preparing to throw herself from a plane from jaw-dropping heights to raise funds for a charity supporting her friend in her battle against cancer.

Rajvir Malhi will today travel to Whitchurch, in Shropshire, for the sky dive in a bid to raise cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The teenager decided to help the charity after seeing how it has helped her friend, Eleanor Oldroyd, of Tean, who is battling sarcoma.

The two girls met a year ago when the both started at Stoke Sixth Form College and have been good friends since.

Rajvir, who is studying history, business and maths, told the Post and Times: "I have always wanted to do a sky dive since I was quite young but I was not old enough.

"I have always wanted to do it for a charity that meant something to me and then when Eleanor got diagnosed I thought it was a brilliant charity to do it for.

"I am really excited about doing it. I thought I would be nervous but I am not, I am just excited and cannot wait.

"I just hope that people sponsor me as it is a great charity. I have read lots of stories about how they have helped lots of people and I just hope they can help Eleanor and get her better.

"It really would mean the world to me.

"I think what Stephen Sutton (the 19-year-old who raised millions for the charity before he died) did was amazing and I don't know how he did it.

"It will make such a difference to people's lives."

Eleanor's mother Trish said the college has held various events to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust since has daughter was diagnosed.

She said: "We are hoping to attend the sky dive subject to Eleanor being well enough.

"Eleanor is really well at the moment and is progressing well with her ongoing treatment."

Ravir, of Smallthorne, in Stoke, said fund-raising had been going well so far and she was getting ever closer to her target.

She said: "I have already raised more than £1,500. I had hoped to collect more with a bucket collection but the weather stopped that. I have set myself a target of £2,000. People have been giving me the money directly but they can also sponsor me at www.doitforcharity.com/rajvir"

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