Daredevil Sarah is a real high-flier

Sarah Barsby with skydive instructor during the free fall.
Sarah Barsby with skydive instructor during the free fall.
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INTREPID Doncaster businesswoman Sarah Barsby really went to great heights for charity.

Sarah literally leapt into action to raise funds by jumping out of a plane for a daring freefall skydive - and collected more than £1,000.

She said: “It was a spur-of-the-moment decision taken in a boardroom environment but one that I have not regretted.

“It was quite nerve-racking and I wasn’t particularly keen on the 9,000ft free fall, but once the parachute opened I managed to relax and enjoy the fantastic scenery.”

Sarah, marketing director for Doncaster-based Intastop, which provides safety and protection solutions for building interiors, undertook the jump to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

She added: “The son of one of our colleagues, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, had a wish granted by Starlight, so it was a natural choice.”

She decided on the leap to mark the 20th anniversary of the Kelham Street industrial estate-based firm in Doncaster.

Sarah, daughter of founder and managing director John Hills, thought the skydive was the perfect way of marking the company’s milestone.

“I feel privileged to have been able to experience this but, more than anything, I’m really happy to have raised £1,115 for Starlight thanks to the generous donations from our customers, friends and business colleagues,” she added.

Starlight is the UK’s leading wish-granting charity for children with serious and terminal illnesses.

Chief executive Neil Swan said: “We commend Sarah for her bravery and thank her sponsors for their support.

“The money raised is a fantastic sum and will help Starlight to bring fun, laughter and distraction to seriously and terminally ill children across the UK.”