A STOURBRIDGE teen is taken a leap of faith when she jumps from a plane thousands of feet up in the air for a very worthy cause.

Megan Palmer, a pupil at King Edward VI College, has decided to take part in a skydive to raise money for those who have suffered from domestic abuse.

The 18-year-old said she wanted to support borough group SODA (Survivors of Domestic Abuse) as it’s a cause close to her heart.

Megan said: “I've seen men, women and children trying to recover after all kinds of abuse, including domestic. SODA stands out from many other domestic abuse groups as there is no waiting list, you receive help and support needed there and then without awful delays.

“It's wonderful to be given the opportunity to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Samantha Billingham, founder of SODA and a survivor of domestic abuse herself, said she is delighted that a young person from the local community is so keen to support her group.

“Megan had seen me at a previous fundraising event and a short while later contacted me via social media asking if she could do a sky dive for SODA,” Samantha said.

“I was overwhelmed and soon met with Megan to talk about the ideas that she had. She was full of energy and eagerness to get involved and before I knew it Megan had arranged, booked and paid for the skydive.”

Megan, who will take to the skies on Wednesday, August 9, as she travels to Dunkeswell Airfield in Exeter, added: “I'm absolutely petrified for the dive now.

“I'm scared of heights and have only been on a plane twice. I never thought I would be jumping out of a plane but it'll be worth it if it helps SODA.”

To support Megan’s skydive and donate to SODA visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/samantha-billingham-5 or email info@sodaHQ.org.