Premier Inn’s Hartlepool staff fall 10,000ft for Great Ormond Street

Pictured before their fundraising skydives at Shotton Airfield are John Hughes, Barry Moran, Matthew Claydon, Nikki Watson, Sandi Long, Tracey Dale, Catherine Mac Gregor, Amanda Barff, Adelle Smith, Kellie Crossman and Paul Tunney.

Pictured before their fundraising skydives at Shotton Airfield are John Hughes, Barry Moran, Matthew Claydon, Nikki Watson, Sandi Long, Tracey Dale, Catherine Mac Gregor, Amanda Barff, Adelle Smith, Kellie Crossman and Paul Tunney.

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A BRAVE team of 11 hotel staff dropped 10,000ft from the skies in a big-hearted bid to raise charity cash.

The workers from the Premier Inn, off Marina Way, in Hartlepool, decided to take on the super-scary sky-dive challenge to raise money for children’s hospital Great Ormond Street, in London.

They were expected to reach speeds of up to 120mph and have their feet back on the ground within a few minutes.

And all the cash they manage to rake in will be used to help fund the building of a Premier Inn to be used by families of children admitted to the hospital.

So, the Hartlepool hotel’s manager John Hughes, and workers Nikki Watson, Barry Moran, Matt Claydon, Amanda Barff, Tracey Dale, Sandi Long, Adele Smith, Catherine MacGregor and Paul Tunney made the trip to Shotton Airfield yesterday morning.

Dad-of-one John, 32, of Heortness Road, in West View, Hartlepool, told the Mail: “We arranged the sky-dive a few months ago for the company’s chosen charity Great Ormond Street.

“We all just thought it would be a really good fundraising event which would be a challenge for us, but would also rake in a lot for the charity.

“We were all about 50 per cent nervous and 50 per cent excited, maybe more nervous right beforehand!”

He added: “My daughter didn’t want me to do it, but she understands it’s for a very good cause.”

John said most of the staff had gained sponsorship from friends and family, but others had actually put money in themselves too.

“Sandi actually raised over £1,000 in sponsorship, some of which was from guests at the hotel,” he said. “Everyone has been really generous.”