Adverse weather hinders skydive in aid of children’s hospice

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A group of fund-raisers have had to postpone their charity flight due to adverse weather conditions.

Staff at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries were preparing to plummet 16,000 feet from an aircraft to raise funds for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

They were due to be joined by partnership development manager at the hospice Jason Costello who was facing his fear of heights.

But on Saturday only half of the group were able to do the tandem skydive due to low cloud, rain and winds that meant after around 2pm it was too dangerous to skydive.

Jason said: “Although I was frustrated that some of us didn’t get to skydive on the day, jumping out of a plane is a dangerous thing to do and the safety of everyone is paramount.

“The day for me was a roller coaster of emotions from relative calm, to stomach churning queasiness when my named was called to get ready to jump.

“Being with everyone from Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Limited was great as we all supported one another with our anxieties.

“My children were a little disappointed as they’d not seen me fly so I’ll be looking to reschedule the jump during the school holidays so they can be there.”

The rest of the group is hoping to do the skydive in August.