HEAD IN THE CLOUDS Natasha Thornton does her skydive

LOCAL student Natasha Thornton has raised more than £1,000 for the homeless charity Shelter by sky-diving in Headcorn.

Natasha, whose parents, Louise and Nigel, run The Spotted Dog pub in Penshurst, studies applied psychology and criminology at Brighton University.

The 24-year-old, who raised a total of £1,081, said: “I chose the charity Shelter because more and more people are becoming homeless or live in inadequate housing.

Natasha Thornton studies applied psychology and criminology

“I spend a lot of time in Hastings and Brighton, where the homeless are very visible. I often walked past them wanting to really help them, but I was never sure how.”

Natasha said her studies have added to her awareness of the plight of the homeless.

“I have learnt about the possible psychological effects of living in poverty and inadequate housing.

“It can be damaging to the children’s self-esteem, which can have a knock-on effect in their education, social relationships, etc.”

To make a donation, visit www.doitforcharity.com/natashathornton