FOR Dan Barker, doing a skydive last Saturday was not the biggest challenge of the day.
After jumping from the plane, the 31-year-old dropped down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend Megan Trinder.
Dan, from Havant, was doing the skydive to raise money for cancer research projects at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
He said: ‘I’d thought about proposing to Megan for quite a while. I decided that proposing at the charity skydive would be the perfect opportunity.
‘The proposal was a bigger challenge than the skydive. I think I was more nervous about asking her the question than the skydive itself.
‘Megan was very surprised and I am extremely happy that she said yes. I was actually fighting back the tears.’
I think I was more nervous about asking her the question than the skydive itself.Dan Barker
Dan completed the skydive with six of his friends and family who gathered afterwards to see him pop the question.
He added: ‘It was nice having all my friends and family there.
‘They were really surprised and hardly anyone knew I was about to do it.’
Megan, 23, also from Havant, said the proposal was a big surprise. The couple have been together for two years.
‘Just before Dan’s skydive, he told me to meet him at the end and I was asking everyone where to go,’ she said.
‘Once I reached the meeting spot, all of a sudden there was a huge crowd of people around me.
‘Dan approached me and said that was the hardest thing he’s ever had to do, however this is even harder and dropped to one knee. We’ve talked about marriage all the time but the proposal was a total surprise. It was definitely a day to remember.’
The skydive was held to raise money for Portsmouth Hospitals Charity which supports patients by improving facilities at QA Hospital.
Along with a fun day, Dan and his family raised £2,661 for the charity.
Dan said: ‘The proposal was a nice extra to the skydive which was what the day was mainly about.
‘We wanted to raise money for the oncology department at QA as we have family who have been treated there for cancer.’