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Lisburn woman's 13,000ft freefall to help the heroes

Michelle Porter Sergeant Mark Porter
Michelle Porter Sergeant Mark Porter

A LISBURN woman whose husband is serving in Afghanistan is about to take a leap of faith to help the heroes.

Michelle Porter, along with 12 other friends, is to freefall 13,000 feet to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity on November 1.

Michelle is married to Sergeant Mark Porter, who is currently serving in Afghanistan with 19 Light Brigade.

The Lisburn woman said she decided on a sponsored sky dive because she felt it was in some way a reflection of the dangers her husband and his colleagues are facing.

She said: "I wanted to do something a bit different, a sky dive seemed more in context with the role of the forces in Afghanistan than say a coffee morning or bring and buy sale. Those ideas, although very worthwhile, just didn't seem to fit with what I wanted to do." The brave group doing the freefall will have a morning of instruction before they take to the skies.

"I wouldn't be so brave if it wasn't for the support of my friends who are freefalling with me," said Michelle.

"I am really nervous and scared but it's nothing in comparison to what my husband and his colleagues face every day, so that makes me determined to do the jump."

If anyone wishes to sponsor the freefalling fundraisers they can do so at

Ulster Star