Daredevil Karen skydives for a charity close to her heart

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A former Banchory Academy pupil performed a tandem skydive to raise vital funds for charity.

Having grown up with a family member who is autistic, Karen Fraser, 17, wanted to raise vital funds for the National Autistic Society, the leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.

Karen Fraser, of Banchory, said: “We were taught at school to have a strong sense of community and to think of others less fortunate than ourselves.”

Karen completed the daring 10,000ft tandem skydive, freefalling at 120mph, at Paragon Skydiving Club at Errol, in honour of World Autism Awareness Day on March 31.

She had a fantastic day and raised around £800 for the charity.

“I can’t thank all the people who sponsored me enough,” said Karen. “I’d like to say a special thank you to Mr Bett, of Banchory Academy, and all the staff and pupils for supporting me, and also a special thank you to my Grandpa (Ian Bromfield) and his colleagues at Nessco, Westhill.”