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Production editor completes skydive for hospice

A production editor at a weekly newspaper completed a tandem skydive to raise funds for a local hospice.

Bridget Batchelor, from Exeter’s Express and Echo, leapt from a plane at 15,000ft to raise money for St Margaret’s Hospice in Taunton.

She carried out the skydive at Dunkeswell airfield with tandem instructor Ryan Mancey, free-falling 10,000ft before the parachute opened.

Bridget decided to support the hospice because her mother works there as a lymphoedema nurse specialist and she raised more than £500 for it.

She said: “The poor weather led to my jump being delayed by a week, but it was well worth the wait. There was a bit of rain on the day, but the skies cleared and up we went.

“Ryan was fantastic, he really put me at ease, meaning I was more excited than petrified.

“After the pure rush of the free-fall, it was amazing to drift slowly back to earth under the parachute, and the views to the coast were stunning.

“It was an absolutely incredible experience, and I’m thrilled to have raised so much for St Margaret’s.”

Bridget can be sponsored by clicking here.