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Reporter raises hundreds of pounds with charity skydive

A weekly paper’s chief reporter plummeted more than 10,000ft through the air to raise hundreds of pounds for charity in a fundraising skydive.

Chris Hewett, who works for the Times Series in Greater London, raked in more than £600 for children’s charity Fair Play Barnet by taking part in the event.

Chris, aged 26, was one of 14 brave adrenaline-hunters who leapt from a plane for the cause.

He said he had been fairly nonchalant about the prospect – until he saw the plane.

“I really wasn’t nervous at all in the weeks building up to it but when I saw the plane for the first time I did get one or two butterflies,” he said in a story for the Times Series, which includes the Hendon & Finchley Times, the Barnet & Potters Bar Times and the Edgware & Mill Hill Times.

“Nothing can quite prepare you for the moment the instructor dangles you out of the plane before you jump – that really is something else. And then I think I just froze as we plunged from the edge of the plane.

“It was terrifying, exhilarating, nauseating and adrenaline pumping all at the same time. That said, I think it could well be my last.”

The event raised a total of around £3,500 for Fair Play Barnet.

Times Series chief reporter Chris Hewett before his skydive, in May