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Storm scare fails to stop skydive daredevils

Storm scare fails to stop skydive daredevils
A brewing storm failed to clip the wings of a group of Stoke-on-Trent daredevils who raised 1,200 for charity in a sponsored skydive.
The four thrill seekers, who work at employment and training specialists Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG), at Albany Works, Moorland Road, Burslem, took part in the jump at Whitchurch Airfield.
Michele Windsor, Phil Ball, Abi Haq and Lisa Birchall all leaped out of a plane at 12,000ft above the Shropshire countryside.
However, the day didnt go according to plan. The plane which took off carrying Lisa and Michele had to go straight back down due to storm fears.
Lisa said: We got to about 8,000ft when we received a message from the pilot saying we couldnt jump because there was a storm coming so we had to basically nosedive back down. It was quite scary.
Michele added: We had psyched ourselves up for the jump and then we went straight back down to earth again without having left the plane. We managed to set off again about six hours later when it was safe to do so. This time we were ok. When the doors of the plane opened it was just terrifying. But the sensation you get when you jump out of the plane is the most incredible feeling you could ever experience. The adrenaline rush was amazing and I have to say it was one of the best experiences of my life.
Phil and Abi were the next to complete the jump as they took off in another plane and both had the time of their lives. The team raised around 300 each for their chosen charities. Lisa chose Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
She added: It was a fantastic experience. We all completed the jump with huge smiles on our faces and in the process managed to raise a good amount of money for our chosen charities.
Michele raised money for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and Phils total will be donated to Help for Heroes. Abi will donate her money to charity Hope for Children.
Staff at PPDG regularly hold events to raise money for charity and the company operates a Give As You Earn (GAYE) scheme which each year donates thousands of pounds to charities and other good causes. Employees make a donation to the scheme each month.
PPDGs team of employment experts provide advice on benefits, confidence building, one-to-one support, CV and interview preparation as well as finding the right job or training course. In partnership with DWP, the Ministry of Justice and Jobcentre Plus, PPDG delivers a diverse range of employment and training initiatives including Flexible New Deal, Working Neighbourhoods Fund, Learndirect and many ESF funded programmes. More than 100,000 job seekers have been helped into sustained employment by the company since the projects began.  It has trained 130,000 people in vocational skills, and over 175,000 people have benefitted from professional information, advice and guidance services. PPDG came fourth in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2011.


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