Teachers leap to top of fundraising class

PUBLISHED: 17:34 26 May 2010 | UPDATED: 10:25 12 August 2010

DIVE: Plucky Anne Adams and Katy Farrell.

DIVE: Plucky Anne Adams and Katy Farrell.

TWO brave teachers have jumped out of a plane to raise money for charity.

TWO brave teachers have jumped out of a plane to raise money for charity.

Anne Adams and Katy Farrell took part in the 13,000ft parachute jump at an Army base on Salisbury Plain yesterday.

Pupils in Year 9 at Charles Darwin School, in Jail Lane, Biggin Hill, have been raising money for charity Help for Heroes, and have thrown their support behind their "mad" teachers.

Speaking just before the terrifying jump with the Red Devils display team, Mrs Adams, head of Year 9 at the school, said: "I was feeling absolutely fine until I saw a video showing exactly what happens, and now I feel a little bit sick. But I am really looking forward to it."

Students from the year group have been raising money for Help for Heroes throughout the year, and have so far collected £2,550.

They hope the daring stunt will help them reach their target of £3,500 raised for the charity, which helps members of armed forces injured in battle.

Mrs Adams has been impressed by the generosity of her pupils. She said: "They find it very funny that we're taking part, and they think we are mad.

"They are the most supportive pupils as far as charity goes. They have been absolutely amazing with their support for this. We are getting a DVD made, as a lot of the children have said they want to see evidence before they pay up."

Form tutor Katy Farrell, who had to overcome her fear of heights, turned 27 on the day of the jump. She said: "I can't think of a better way to be spending it.

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