Birkby-born businesswoman Angela Thorburn is afraid of heights.
But she’s overcoming her acrophobia to skydive for charity.
Ms Thorburn will jump 10,000ft from a plane over Peterborough in a tandem skydive to raise money for the RAF Association.
The charity supports serving and veteran RAF service personnel and their families.
Jumping out of a plane is unnerving for almost anyone but it’s all the more frightening if you’re acrophobic.
Ms Thorburn, whose parents live in Honley, has never been in a glass lift and avoids going up tall buildings.
The HR director, 45, said: “I feel quite mixed emotions – very apprehensive and nervous as 10,000ft is a long way down.
“And yet I also feel this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to face my ultimate fear – it is the fear of ‘falling’ that I experience with heights and I will be freefalling until the parachute is deployed.”
To donate to Angela’s cause click here.
Meanwhile, a Huddersfield grandad is to celebrate his 65th birthday next month with a skydive for charity.
Stephen Atkins, of Waterloo, will be leaping out of a plane over Cockerham Airfield, Lancashire, on August 30.
The former mill worker will be raising cash for Help for Heroes.
Stephen was inspired by his son-in-law Sgt Andrew Bacon, who is a bomb disposal officer.
He said: “Soldiers say it’s just their job and we know that, but I want to support them as civilians too.
“My wife says she’ll sponsor me if I do it without a chute!”
Stephen will be collecting for Help for Heroes at Morrisons, Waterloo, on August 8.
To sponsor him click here.
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