Brave supermarket colleagues take plunge for charity

Four ASDA, Pontefract, colleagues doing a sky dive to raise money for Help the heros.'James Shaw, Francesca Lyon, Clara Johson, Catherine Rushworth

Four ASDA, Pontefract, colleagues doing a sky dive to raise money for Help the heros.'James Shaw, Francesca Lyon, Clara Johson, Catherine Rushworth

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A GROUP of daring Asda employees are taking to the skies to raise cash for armed forces’ charity Help for Heroes.

The four colleagues from the Pontefract store will face their fears when they complete a hair-raising 15,000ft skydive at Hibalstow Airfield, near Brigg, on Friday.

Clara Johnson, 34, was the first to suggest taking the plunge and colleagues Catherine Rushworth, 50, James Shaw, 19, and Francesca Lyon, 19, were quick to jump on board.

The group – who will be joined on the day by friends Kirsty Lightfoot, 16, and Stephanie Nurse, 20 – have been calling on their generous supermarket customers for donations and sponsorship.

Clara said: “We have to raise a minimum of £400 each but I think we’re doing well. We’ve been doing some bag packing to raise money. The customers have been really fantastic.”

Catherine explained why she decided to do the jump and collect cash for the charity.

She said: “My brother, Ivor Jones, is in the armed forces. He is in Gibraltar at the moment but could be going over to Afghanistan soon.

“That’s not the only reason I’m doing it though. I don’t think the troops get enough support. I’d like to do something for the heroes so I can say I helped – I’m just so proud of our boys out there.

“It has been a personal challenge too because I needed to lose weight to be able to do the jump, but I’ve achieved it so I’m ready to go now.

“I don’t like flying so that’s scary enough but I think I’ll be excited and nervous. I’m going to find the smiliest instructor and make sure he’s the one helping me on the jump.”

You can support the skydivers and donate money to Help for Heroes by calling into the Asda store in Pontefract.