The sky was the limit for a group of heroic fundraisers who strapped on parachutes and plummeted 13,000 feet to the ground to raise money for our charity of the year.
The courageous foursome took the leap of faith and plunged at 120mph to raise funds for Play2Give, supporting its 10th anniversary appeal for Oxford Children’s Hospital and Headway Oxfordshire.
Enjoying their chance to be real-life supermen, Luke Norris, Matthew Norris, Dan O’Donnell and Peter Herring helped to add hundreds of pounds to P2G’s milestone year appeal.
The daring quartet made the jump over Hinton Airfield, near Brackley, on Sunday afternoon and all landed safely back on the ground.
The driving forces behind the jump were Didcot brothers Luke, 23, and Matthew, 21, close friends of P2G founder Andy Baker.
Luke, who works at Sainsbury’s in the town, said: “To say I was bricking the skydive was an understatement. I was absolutely petrified.
“But I stood by my promise and, as it’s for P2G, I was only too keen.”
He added: “Andy always amazes me and, despite what he lives with [a brain injury], I always remain inspired by all the great work he does, despite the challenges and hurdles he faces medically.
“I was hugely honoured to not only have played my part, despite the aches, pains and stomach churning feeling afterwards, but also being part of such a wonderful organisation and assisting Andy.”
Peter, our production manager, also took on the daring descent.
He said: “It was a great experience once I got over the nerves and build up. I felt proud to be helping Andy and P2G. Fingers crossed I’ll get to my £500 target.”
Andy, who watched from the safety of the ground, said he is “hugely proud” of all four hardy souls.
He added: “I know the nerves, trepidation and anticipation they suffered for months and weeks, and on the day itself, but they all did really well and they did P2G proud.
“I have huge admiration for them and they have proved themselves to be superstars taking on a heroic leap of faith to support P2G’s goals this year.”
To donate to the skydivers, visit the following pages: Pete Herring – tinyurl.com/yb5w6dj9 (£425); Luke Norris – tinyurl.com/y9ns6dks (£250); Matthew Norris – can donate at Luke’s page; Dan O’Donnell – tinyurl.com/yaoldtex (£110)