Simon aims sky high!

PCSO Simon Ragsdale and Paul Hanson.

PCSO Simon Ragsdale and Paul Hanson.

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A DAREDEVIL police officer will prove the sky’s the limit when he plunges 14,000ft to boost the coffers of Cancer Research UK.

PCSO Simon Ragsdale, of Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT), is facing his fears and taking part in a charity skydive to raise cash for the charity – and wants generous Five Towns residents to sponsor him for his fundraising feat.

The Ferrybridge beat officer decided to take part in the jump – which will take place in Nottingham on March 25 – in memory of friends and family members who have lost their battle with the disease.

He was also inspired to sign up after friend Paul Hanson, who lives in his Ferrybridge beat area, lost his sister Kathryn to cancer in January.

Simon said: “I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’m facing my fears for a good cause.

“Anything anyone can give would be very much appreciated and together we will beat this disease.”

The brave officer – who has been left messages of support and encouragement on the NPT’s Facebook page – has pledged to share a video of his skydive after the event.

Simon has paid the fee to take part in the event so all cash he raises will be donated to the charity.

Paul said: “I am very pleased to be associated with Simon’s skydive plans in aid of Cancer Research UK.

“After losing my sister Kathryn to cancer, this cause is very close to my heart.

“I hope people will support Simon in anyway they can and I wish him all the luck in his venture.”

Anyone who would like to sponsor Simon can visit www.justgiving.com/Simon-Ragsdale or text RAGS51 £1 to 70070.