Sep 13 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
MEMBERS of a family business took part in a sky dive to help raise £50,000 for a little girl who has a severe form of cerebral palsy.
Staff at funeral directors T A Ellement & Son, in Bridge Street, Pinner, raised money for a campaign to pay for six-year-old Mia Ferreira to have an operation in Missouri, USA, which could enable her to walk for the first time.
Mia is also deaf and cannot speak, but her family say this operation would vastly improve her quality of life.
The company has spent a year raising money for Mia’s Missouri Mission, by holding karaoke events and open evenings and 15 people sky dived at 13,000ft on Saturday at Beccles Airfield, Suffolk.
Company director Victoria Carnague, 27, whose parents Jeanette and Kim Carnague own the business, wanted to take part but couldn’t due to a shoulder injury. However, her fiancé Frankie Finch, who is a part-time director at the business and a family friend of Mia’s, did.
The 28-year-old said: “It was absolutely brilliant, out of this world. It was such a great experience and for a good cause, for Mia, who is like my niece, we are very close.”
Mia’s Missouri Mission has raised £30,000 so far and the money from the sky dive is still being counted and will add to this amount.
Mia’s grandmother, Tessa Bastien, of Farm Avenue, Wembley, also faced her fear to take part.
The 47-year-old said: “I suffer from motion sickness so I was not looking forward to it. It is for such a good cause though, I would do anything for Mia, whatever it takes.
“Mia loved every minute, apart from when she saw me get into the plane and take off, she cried at that point but laughed and smiled when I landed. The money raised will mean so much, people take walking for granted but for Mia this operation would improve her quality of life.”
n To donate visit justgiving.com/Mias-Missouri-Mission.