A recovered anorexic is hoping to inspire eating disorder sufferers to beat their demons when she jumps out of a plane for charity.
Grace Foreman is also determined to prove her former illness will not hold her back when she skydives from 10,000ft in aid of eating disorder charity Beat.
The 19-year-old restaurant worker, of Priory Road, North Wootton, had dreams of a career in the RAF intelligence core and applied to join when she finished her A-levels at Lynn’s King Edward VII School last year.
But she was left heartbroken when she was refused a place because of her anorexia.
Grace became anorexic when she was 15, and battled with the illness for around 18 months, but she has been fully recovered for three years.
She said: “I recovered really well but I was told I wasn’t mentally stable enough because of my medical record.
“They didn’t even see me. I wasn’t looked at as a person, but rather as a label because of my anorexia. It caused me quite a bit of upset as that was my chosen career path.”
Grace said the knock back has made her even more determined to succeed in life, and wants other people with eating disorders to feel the same.
Talking about the skydive, she said: “I just thought ‘what could I do that’s extreme and that I could say to myself I was more than capable?’
“Hopefully doing this will help others out there like me to think that they can do whatever they want and not to let anything hold them back.”
Grace, who currently works at Arbuckles restaurant, in Downham, will be taking the plunge on April 14 in Nottingham, watched on the ground by mother Nicola Goodson and boyfriend Tom Bunting.
She is aiming to raise a minimum of £400 for Beat, which helps adults and young people across the UK to beat their eating disorders.
Based in Norwich, the charity provides helplines, online support and a network of self-help groups across the country.
To sponsor Grace visit: www.doitforcharity.com/GForeman