TWO women from Melksham jumped from 15,000ft over Salisbury Plain to raise money for charity last month.
Kiri McBride and Hannah Tope, both 23, raised over £1,200 in sponsorship from their skydive on Sunday 24th August with GoSkydive.
The skydiving company’s 15,000ft jump is the highest tandem jump in the UK, and promises a 120mph freefall lasting twice as long as a 10,000ft jump. Kiri said, “It was absolutely amazing, I could do it again every day for the rest of my life! I was the first one to jump on our flight so was sat right by the door for the whole time. Surprisingly I wasn’t nervous until the door opened and I was hanging out the plane, but even then I only had a split second before the instructor jumped straight out!”
Hannah said, “It really was the best experience of my life and I’d love to do it again! I was much more excited than nervous.”
The women raised £1,214.77 between them, smashing their £800 target.
Kiri’s sponsorship money will go to the RUH’s neonatal intensive care unit, through the Forever Friends appeal.
She said, “I chose Forever Friends because when my son Miles was born, in August last year, he went straight into intensive care. Although it wasn’t too serious and he wasn’t in there for too long, my partner and I were touched by some of the other families in there, and we were grateful to the staff for all their care and the facilities provided.”
Hannah, who is soon to become Miles’s godmother, chose to donate her money to the Make a Wish Foundation, which grants ‘wishes’ to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.