Skydivers hope to raise £8,000

Peterlee Parachute Centre chief instructor Ian Rosevinge (right) with Niramax staff members Kelly Borthwick, Mark Betts, Danny Richardson, Gemma Borthwick, Martyn Collins, Rachel Scott, Richelle Hunter, Sarah Britton and Chris Dixon at the parachute centre.

Peterlee Parachute Centre chief instructor Ian Rosevinge (right) with Niramax staff members Kelly Borthwick, Mark Betts, Danny Richardson, Gemma Borthwick, Martyn Collins, Rachel Scott, Richelle Hunter, Sarah Britton and Chris Dixon at the parachute centre.

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BRAVE waste management staff will be taking to the sky to raise cash for charity.

The nerves are kicking in for 20 workers at Niramax, in Hartlepool, who have signed up for a skydive.

Twenty members of staff will get kitted out in safety gear at Peterlee Parachute Centre before boarding a plane.

Their next move will be to jump from the plane and head back down to the ground with a parachute on their back.

The fantastic efforts of the members of staff will raise money for the Butterwick Children’s Hospice, in Bishop Auckland.It is hoped £8,000 will be raised.

Gemma Borthwick, sales and marketing manager at Niramax, will be among those jumping from the plane. She said: “Everyone is very nervous. None of us have done anything like this before.

“We all signed up quite quickly because we wanted to help the cause but now I think we have all realised that it’s actually happening very soon.”

Niramax gave £12,000 to Butterwick Hospice earlier this year and the two became corporate partners.

The staff have been stepping up sponsorship efforts for the skydive on Sunday, July 31.

Gemma said: “We are going to the centre in the morning for a couple of hours of training before the main jumps start.

“All the money raised is going towards a fantastic cause though and all the staff are aware of the hospice’s brilliant work. I’m sure it will be a great experience, something good to look back on.”

Laura-Jane Mook, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: “We are exceptionally happy to have Niramax as one of our corporate partners.

“Their kindess and generosity has now been matched by their bravery as 20 members of staff take on an exhilarating jump to raise funds for our charity.

“To date they have raised more than £2,400 enabling the hospice to continue to provide our special brand of love and care to the children we support and their families.”