Celtic fan Linzi prepares to plunge 10,000 feet for Petrov

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DEVOTED Celtic fan Linzi Armstrong has been chosen to take part in a special charity skydive for the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation.

The delighted Teri will join only a small handful of Hoops supporters, along with members of the Celtic staff, who have all volunteered to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet in honour of the Parkhead legend.

The tandem skydive is one of the first fund-raising activities to be held by the foundation which Stiliyan Petrov announced only last month, in a bid to help fellow leukaemia sufferers and their families. The former Celtic and Aston Villa midfielder was forced to retire from football earlier this year after being diagnosed with the disease in March 2012.

And for 26-year old supporter Linzi it is a chance to not only raise money for charity, but gain yet another experience of a lifetime in connection with her beloved club.

Having already climbed Ben Nevis in June when she joined more than100 fans in a special Celtic huddle at the summit in aid of the Celtic FC Foundation, Linzi is now preparing for the daredevil jump at St Andrew’s.

She told the Hawick News: “I grew up supporting Celtic and I’m a Hawick Shamrock committee member, so climbing Ben Nevis in June was a great experience.

“Since then I’ve been receiving emails from the Celtic charity, and when I read about ‘SkyDive for Stiliyan’, I replied straight away as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and was one of only six or seven fans chosen.”

A total of 19 people are making the jump next Sunday (August 25), the group’s number chosen especially in honour of Petrov’s shirt number on the pitch.

Linzi added: “I’ll definitely be really nervous when it’s time to do the skydive, but at the same time I can’t wait because it’s the chance of a lifetime.”

Anyone wishing to sponor Linzi can do so by logging on to www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/skydive4stiliyan

Petrov is now in remission and focusing his efforts on the foundation’s launch, which will also include a friendly between a Stiliyan XI and a Celtic XI at Celtic Park on September 8.

n HAWICK Shamrock Celtic Supporters’ Club is hosting a charity night with singer Stevie Dodds on Saturday, October 12, at Thorterdykes (7.30pm). Admission is free, with donations invited to Linzi’s fund-raiser.