Teenager to face fear of heights for school foundation

Isaac Tarrant
Isaac Tarrant said education should be "accessible to everyone - regardless of their financial background".

A sixth-form student is set to face his fear of heights to raise money for his school's charitable foundation.

Isaac Tarrant hopes to raise £5,000 for the Victoria College Foundation by falling 10,000ft (3km) out of a plane and onto St Aubin's Bay, Jersey.

Mr Tarrant said education should be "accessible to everyone - regardless of their financial background".

Victoria College said it was "very grateful" to the 18-year-old and described him as "extremely brave".

Mr Tarrant said as a bursary student himself, he wanted to raise money by pushing himself out of his comfort zone.

"It really started 11 years ago when I first joined VCP [Victoria College Prep]. Even at VCP there was a massive music culture and I first found my love for music," he said.

"Now here I am in Year 13 thinking about music as a potential career path.

"Without this financial support that I had, I wouldn't be thinking about where I was going in the future, my life would be completely different.

"I really want to just make sure I'm sharing that with others moving forward."

'Keep supporting students'

He said with the rising costs of living, the demands for bursaries were "higher than they've ever been before".

"We really need that support and to keep supporting students who might need that financial support," he said.

Victoria College said Mr Tarrant facing his fears "for the benefit of others" was an "investment in the future".

"We are all hugely proud of Isaac's endeavours to facilitate the work of the Foundation, which needs ongoing fundraising in order to pursue its mission, now and into the future," they added.

"To jump from a plane at 10,000ft to raise money to support the educational opportunities of other young people is not only extremely brave, but wonderfully altruistic."

Mr Tarrant will do his skydive on 30 March and said he was "terrified but also looking forward to it".

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