Anna takes the plunge

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A SHOP worker turned into a daredevil for the day by dropping thousands of feet out of an aeroplane.

Intrepid fundraiser Anna Meggitt works at the Co-op store on Pocklington’s George Street where they have chosen to support mental health charity, Mencap, for the year.

And rather than opt for the usual bucket-rattling collection, the 21-year-old chose to take to the skies - which paid off, as up to £500 has been raised.

The former Woldgate student said: “It was my idea to do the skydive as I’ve always wanted to do one and raising money for a good cause at the same time was perfect.

“It’s the first time doing one and I wasn’t nervous until I got to about seven-and-a-half thousand feet, then by the time we got to ten thousand feet the nerves had gone.

“I didn’t think about backing out, I was too excited.”

The tandem dive took place at East Leys Farm at Grindale, near Bridlington, with Anna describing it as being the “best thing I’ve ever done”.

She continued: “It’s so weird because you can’t really describe the feeling as you leave the plane, it all happens so quickly, it’s the biggest adrenaline rush I can imagine.

“Then, when the freefall’s over and the parachute deploys, the view’s amazing. Once you’ve got through the cloud it really kicks in how high up you are because you can actually see the outline of Grindale and the coast.

“I just want to thank everyone who sponsored me and the team at East Leys Farm. It was amazing. I’ve had fantastic support from co-workers, friends and family and also customers.”

Anna says she is part way through collecting her sponsor money but expects to smash her £400 target, with the total likely to be closer to £500. She is also hoping to take to the skies again in the near future.

“I am already talking to the organisers about doing my second jump soon!”