Rotherham and Sheffield first aiders take great leap for good cause

Rowena Clarkson and Dannii Thompson did a 15,000 ft skydive in aid of the St John Amulance charity
Rowena Clarkson and Dannii Thompson did a 15,000 ft skydive in aid of the St John Amulance charity
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Two brave South Yorkshire women are flying high after plunging 15,000ft to raise £2,000 for first-aid charity St John Ambulance.

Store supervisor Dannii Thompson and Rowena Clarkson, are volunteers for the first aid charity and wanted to fund training for others in vital life saving skills by taking part in a daring skydive.

Dannii, aged 24, from Sheffield, is an assistant leader at the city’s St John Ambulance and was given a Chief Constable’s Award at the age of 14 for using her first aid training following a road accident.

Fifty-three-year-old Rowena is a nurse at a Rotherham medical centre as well as a youth leader and advanced first aider in the town for St John Ambulance, where she’s been a volunteer for 40 years.

She said: “I jumped so more people would learn these skills – the jump was an awesome experience.”

Dannii said: “Even though I’m petrified of heights, it all happened that fast I didn’t have time to think about it.”

The duo’s jump was part of the St John Ambulance superhero skydive campaign, in which 60 volunteers and members of the public took part in fundraising tandem jumps at airfields around the UK.