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DAREDEVIL gas employees took to the sky and raised thousands of pounds for a worthy cause.

Nine staff from Southern Gas Networks’ Portsmouth depot jumped from a plane above Old Sarum Airfield, in Wiltshire.

Their efforts saw them raise almost £5,000 for Naomi House, a hospice which cares for sick children and young adults in Winchester.

It took a year to organise the fundraising event.

Event organiser Paul Windmill said: ‘As I stood at the door of the plane and looked down, I started to feel a little apprehensive.

‘But the second you start to fall there is no feeling like it – it was amazing.

‘Freefalling 5,000 feet at 142mph lasted seconds and it felt like it was over far too quickly.

‘There were lots of cheesy smiles all round afterwards and we wished we could do it all over again.’

The nine people who took part were Alex Charlton, Chris Edney, Dave Ireson, George Brown, Helen Dunn, Lisa Good, Nicola Wickham, Paul Windmill and Tom Smith.

For more information about the hospice visit naomihouse.org.uk