A RUNCORN university student is doing a tandem charity skydive on Saturday as she embarks on a challenging overseas project.

Chelsea McNeice, aged 20, is volunteering in South Africa with a team of young people from across the UK as part of the International Citizen Service.

She will be working with Nepalese and Ghanian volunteers in the eastern Cape for three months in schools and youth clubs to help children improve their employment skills and healthcare.

Former Halton High School pupil, Chelsea, from Brookvale, has collected £600 in sponsorship towards her target of £800.

She said: “I’m excited as I’ve always wanted to do a sky dive. I do feel a bit nervous. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me.”

Chelsea, who is studying criminolgy and psychology at Chester University, is volunteering for three months with the charity, Restless Development.

Chelsea added: “I’ve always wanted to do charity work. I think it will build my confidence and give me some valuable skills.”

She is organising a fun day at Brookvale recreation centre, where she works as a weekend children’s party leader, on Sunday, June 8, from 2pm to 4pm to raise funds.

Lucy Jenkinson from ICS Placements, said: “Chelsea and the volunteers will be carrying out workshops and activities to increase employment and computer skills They will be organising a careers fair.

“The volunteers will also be raising awareness of HIV and Aids prevention and care through community action days involving sport, drama and dance.”

To sponsor Chelsea, visit justgiving.com/Chelsea-louise-mcNeice.