A TRIO of intrepid fundraisers have leapt from an aeroplane at 10,000ft to raise much-needed funds to support a worthy foundation.

Three colleagues from First Choice Labels set themselves the challenge of putting aside their inhibitions to complete a sponsored skydive in aid of The Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.

Managing director Nigel Willis and colleague Matthew Hazelwood and Jamie-Leigh Phillips all agreed to don jumpsuits and goggles and fall at speeds of up to 120mph at the Skydive Academy, Peterlee Parachute Centre in Durham.

Between them, £1,800 has been raised for the Foundation which donates cash to charities, not-for-profit organisations and individuals with sporting excellence.

Ms Phillips said: “I was extremely nervous before jumping from the plane, but once I was in in the sky the adrenaline took over and I can’t describe the sensation.

“When I landed, I was greeted by my daughter and husband; I genuinely can’t describe the sense of accomplishment and achievement I felt, knowing that I’d confronted a fear to help others.”