Brave jumpers raise £7,000

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KIND-HEARTED waste management staff took on a daring challenge and raised thousands of pounds for a hospice.

Around 20 members of staff from Niramax, in Hartlepool, faced nerves and a drop from thousands of feet as they took on a parachute jump.

The brave group took on the daunting challenge at Peterlee Parachute Centre and their efforts raised an impressive £7,000, which will all be donated to Butterwick Hospice.

It means the firm have now raised more than £31,000 for the cause.

Gemma Borthwick, sales and marketing manager at Niramax, in Longhill Industrial Estate, said: “It was an abolutely fantastic day.

“We had support from all of the members of staff and their families.

“People brought picnics along and made a real day of it.

“All of the members of staff were so nervous beforehand, I think we were all questioning why we had put our names down to do it.

“But we were all supporting each other and as soon as we got in the plane we calmed down a bit.

“We knew that the aim was to raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Gemma, who was one of the members of staff who jumped from the plane, added: “We all admitted afterwards that it was the best thing we have ever done.

“I would love to go back and do it again tomorrow. What an experience!

“The instructors at Peterlee Parachute Centre were great and helped to put everyone at ease and to raise as much money as we did was absolutely fantastic.”

Jackie Firth, publicity and marketing manager at Butterwick Hospice, said: “We are hugely grateful.

“We rely on donations from companies like Niramax to help to maintain our services.

“£7,000 is an absolutely huge amount of money to donate and for the staff to take part in such a crazy challenge to support us is excellent.

“We would like to express our thanks.”