Gosport and Fareham-based group raise thousands from skydive

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GENEROUS members of a Gosport and Fareham-based group have raised £12,000 for charity after plummeting to the earth in a number of skydives.

Twenty members of the Gosport and Fareham branch of the Multiple Sclerosis raised the cash over the summer, where they were joined by Gosport’s MP Caroline Dinenage to make the daring jumps. They have just had the final total of the amount raised confirmed.

The cash raised from the series of tandem skydives, at Skydive Southcoast at Old Sarum Airfield, Salisbury, will go toward funding research at the Cambridge Centre for Myelin Repair.

George McAleese, branch chairman, said: ‘It is quite an achievement for a small branch like ours.

‘Fundraising is a great community event and we have the support from the community.’

The 200-strong member branch plan to abseil from either Spinnaker Tower or HMS Warrior next year to raise more cash for the national charity.