High-flying Liane in brave charity plunge

Liane Woolhouse has  completed a Tandem Skydive for Red Nose Day.
Liane Woolhouse has completed a Tandem Skydive for Red Nose Day.
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A DARING Sheffield shop worker raised £500 for charity by swallowing her nerves and skydiving 15,000ft in aid of charity.

Liane Woolhouse, aged 23, from Waterthorpe, is a team leader at TK Maxx in Crystal Peaks, and took part in a tandem skydive along with 11 other members of the store’s regional management team.

To complete the challenge, Liane, who is her branch’s Charity Champion, jumped from a plane above Hibaldstow in Lincolnshire.

The shop also held other charity events, including sending an official Red Nose Day T-shirt on a trip in a stretch Hummer provided by Rotherham limousine hire firm 5th Avenue.

Liane’s mum Paula Irving said: “We’re all very proud of Liane, it was amazing to watch her do the skydive. She’s never done anything like this before and she was very nervous, but she smiled the whole way down. She’s an absolute star.

“Year after year she gets involved in the fundraising, encouraging her staff to take part - usually in fancy dress costumes.”

Staff at health insurance company Westfield Health also raised more than £400 for Comic Relief with a day of fun activities.

Employees dressed down or wore red for the day, played bingo and organised a competition where staff had to identify celebrities’ noses.

Sally Marples-Shaw, communication centre team leader, said: “We are really pleased with the amount we have raised this year. Staff have really got into the spirit of fundraising and helped us reach this fantastic total.”

And kids at dance school Funky Dance Fever in Beighton used their talents to raise an impressive £1,150 for the good cause.

About 40 girls aged five to 15 took part in a ‘back-to-front-a-thon’, dancing non-stop while wearing clothes back to front and masks of pop stars’ faces.

Jo Burton, from the dance school, said the total raised was “fantastic”.

Students at Barnsley College donned red noses to do their bit for Comic Relief with a host of fundraising events.

The students, who all have learning difficulties, enjoyed a packed day of charity fun, raising money with face painting, remote control racing, karaoke and a dancing competition.

They also sold Red Nose Day buns and held a prize raffle, tombola and bingo.

Phil Coombes, head of the college’s learning for living and work department, said: “The students threw themselves into the day’s activities and thoroughly enjoyed singing, dancing and generally doing ‘something for fun’ to raise money for this year’s Red Nose Day.”

Student Gemma Johnson said she had a really nice time.

“I think it’s a really good thing to raise money for charity,” she added.