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Mum to conquer her fears for Hannah's

Natasha Collett is afraid of heights but she and son Aiden, 16, are planning a parachute jump to raise cash for a women's shelter.
Natasha Collett is afraid of heights but she and son Aiden, 16, are planning a parachute jump to raise cash for a women's shelter. Claudia Baxter

 

Natasha Collett will be doing a parachute jump to raise money for Hannah's House.
Natasha Collett will be doing a parachute jump to raise money for Hannah's House. Claudia Baxter

MUM of five Natasha Collett is scared of heights, and now she's about to parachute out of a plane.

But it is all for a good cause.

Ms Collett and 16-year-old son Aiden will do a parachute jump on May 18 to raise funds for Hannah's House Young Women's Shelter which offers accommodation for young women in their teens.

Ms Collett knows what a great job they do because she once lived there herself.

"I used to live at Hannah's and I have supported it over the years out of my own finances," she said.

"But I wanted to do something that really helps beyond what I could provide for them.

"I've always wanted to do the jump but I am absolutely terrified of heights. I thought I'd conquer a fear and try and raise money at the same time.

"I can't even go on rides at Dreamworld. If I go to a high rise hotel I can't go on the balcony.

"So it is going to be a really exciting jump for me."

Ebenezer's Ms Collett was adamant that she wouldn't be having second thoughts.

"I know I can do it because I am doing it for someone else," she said.

"So no matter how terrified I am, I know I will jump out of that plane. I've already asked them to push me."

Ms Collett will be doing the jump in tandem with an experienced skydiver and her son will also be joining her in the jump at Toogoolawah.

"Aiden doing it was so encouraging," she said.

"It is a big thing for him to stand up beside his mum.

"It is wonderful that he supports me, knowing that I was homeless when I was 15.

"That has really helped me."

Ms Collett said her younger years were "awful" but added that Hannah's House had been a wonderful support.

"When you don't have a family and a safe place to live and you're a teenager with your whole life ahead of you ... it's pretty hard," she said.

"But Hannah's House were fantastic. They are so loving and so supportive.

"They don't just look after you and then leave you. I have stayed in contact with Hannah's my whole life. You are always with them."

St Edmund's School is providing a fundraiser for Aiden and other businesses and Ipswich councillors have pledged their support.

To sponsor Ms Collett and her son's jump people can contact her on 0448 880 065.

NO FEAR: Natasha Collett and her son Aiden, 16, will be doing a parachute jump to raise money for Hannah’s House.
NO FEAR: Natasha Collett and her son Aiden, 16, will be doing a parachute jump to raise money for Hannah’s House. Claudia Baxter

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