A BRAVE dental nurse has jumped from 15,000 to raise vital funds in memory of her late brother.
Kelly Bradley, whose big brother, Dan, tragically took his own life two years ago, completed her long-awaited charity skydive on Sunday.
Having set an initial target of raising £500 for suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS, Miss Bradley’s total now stands at more than £3,000.
Generous supporters attended a party at Bradley House after the jump and added £500 to the funds by buying PAPYRUS merchandise.
However, Miss Bradley’s jump was almost cancelled due to bad weather.
The 29-year-old said: “I know it was hailing in Uttoxeter on Sunday morning and people were texting me concerned I wouldn’t be able to do the jump.
“I was in the first plane that went up and did the first jump of the day.
“But, after my plane, all the other flights were cancelled due to bad wind, so I was so lucky to have been able to do it.”
After leaping from the plane, Miss Bradley’s freefall saw her reach speeds of 120mph.
She said: “The freefalling bit was very intense and actually a bit painful.
“There were cameramen falling with us capturing the jump and I was spending a lot of energy smiling for them.
“At one point I was concerned the high winds might change and I’d be stuck with that smile on my face.”
Miss Bradley said she would continue to raise funds and awareness for PAPYRUS and will undertake another challenge next year.
She said: “I’m not quite sure what to do yet but I want it to top the thrill of Sunday and make it something Dan would’ve wanted to do.
“I definitely felt his presence up there with me and, after I took the only flight that went up that day, I think I was destined to do it.
“I’m amazed at the response to my appeal for sponsorship and I can’t thank people enough.”
Anyone who wants to donate can do so online at www.justgiving.com/kelly-bradley4 or direct to PAPYRUS at www.papyrus-uk.org.