ILMINSTER’S county councillor is set to plummet from 13,000ft with the British Army to raise funds for a Somerset brain injury charity.

Cllr Linda Piggott-Vijeh, who is also the district councillor for Neroche, is set to take on the colossal sky dive next month in support of the Jemima Layzell Trust.

She will be completing the daring feat with the Red Devils, the British Army’s Parachute Regiment display team, on March 18 near Salisbury.

Cllr Piggot-Vijeh said: “I always like to push the boundaries and a visit to see Second World War veterans sky dive last summer gave me the idea.

“After all, if at over 90 years of age they can do it, then I should be able to.”

The trust was set up after the unexpected death of Horton teenager Jemima Layzell in 2012 and raises money to support children and young people with brain injury or trauma.

Last year, it was revealed that eight people had benefitted from organ donation after the 13-year-old passed away – the highest number on record.

Jemima’s heart, small bowel, pancreas, both kidneys, both lungs, and her liver were donated, with five children among the recipients.

The trust, run by Jemima’s mum Sophy Layzell, raised £24,000 in 2017 including £14,000 that was raised from the second Flower Ball event, which was hosted by Taunton School, where Jemima was a pupil.

Cllr Piggott-Vijeh added: “It is not something I have ever considered doing before, but my sister did a charity sky dive over 20 years ago, and married the Red Devil she was paired up with.

“I support so many charities it was really difficult to decide which one to raise funds for, so I picked a name out of a hat and settled for local charity, the Jemima Layzell Trust.

“I am aiming to raise at least £500 so I do hope that people will support me.”