It Asda be a sky high challenge

Organiser Chris Shaw, from a hospice volunteer support group in Pemberton
Organiser Chris Shaw, from a hospice volunteer support group in Pemberton

A WHITE-KNUCKLE challenge will help one of the borough’s biggest charities.

An intrepid group of of fund-raisers will jump from a plane at 14,000 feet strapped to an expert parachute instructor in a bid to raise money for Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

The group, which includes four members of staff from the Asda supermarket in Leigh, will take the plunge from an air base in Lancaster to raise money for the Hindley-based charity.

The skydive is the brainchild of Chris Shaw, part of a volunteer support group for the hospice based in Pemberton, who took part in a similar event two years ago.

Chris said: “I have always been terrified of heights and the thought of jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet and free-falling to the ground was something of a challenge, but it was one of the best experiences of my life, and to be raising money for the Hospice was a massive bonus.”

Chris enlisted the help of Mike Seddon from NW Model Supplies in Hindley to demonstrate a skydive at a meeting at the hospice.

The Leigh staff, who have previously climbed Snowdon in Wales for charity, are among the 20 people who have signed up for the skydive, with around 10 places left.

The skydive will take place on Saturday, June 15.

To find out more or to sign up contact hospice community fund-raiser Julie Houston on 01942 525566 or email j.houston@wlh.org.uk