Caroline Alexander and Julia Cunniffe take on daredevil leap for the Motor Neurone Disease Association

Caroline Alexander skydiving with instructor Mark Thatcher. Photo courtesy of Sarah Hall - Skydive Images, Sibson Airfield
Caroline Alexander skydiving with instructor Mark Thatcher. Photo courtesy of Sarah Hall - Skydive Images, Sibson Airfield
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TWO women have raised more than £4,000 by leaping 13,000ft from a plane.

Caroline Alexander and Julia Cunniffe decided to take on the daredevil challenge for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, after witnessing first-hand the work the charity does.

Caroline is a carer for motor neurone disease sufferer Ned Cullen, of Queen’s Walk, Stamford, who was diagnosed with the muscle wasting disease in 2003, and Julia is his physiotherapist.

Caroline, of Birch Road, Stamford, said she didn’t particularly enjoy the skydive, which she did on Saturday at Sibson Airfield near Wansford.

She said: “I didn’t enjoy the freefall part of the jump but I think the weather had a lot to do with it. We went through a lot of cloud, it was absolutely freezing and we went through a lot of cloud.

“When the parachute opened, it was a lot better and I was able to try and enjoy it a bit more.

“But Julia was the opposite. She enjoyed the freefall but then felt sick during the parachute part.”

Caroline said she was disappointed Ned and his wife Heather weren’t able to stay and watch the jump because of the weather.

The pair travelled up in the plane once but had to return and try again later.

Caroline said: “Ned came and watched for a while but because of the April showers, he wasn’t able to stay but he’s really pleased we did it.”

Ned’s friends have already raised about £9,000 for the association and Caroline and Julia had hoped to add to that total by £1,000.

But they have gone far beyond that as Caroline alone has raised £1,800, which her employer Independent Community Care Management has agreed to match.

And Julia, of Colsterworth, has raised about £1,600 for the association as well.

Caroline said: “I never imagined we would get to such a fantastic amount and it is a huge achievement. But we definitely feel like we earned our sponsorship money. At least we can say we have done it.”

The duo got the idea for the challenge after seeing it on ITV programme I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.

To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/caroline-alexander1 or www.justgiving.com/julia-cunniffe