Published: 02/05/2012 12:30 - Updated: 02/05/2012 10:16

Craig leaps into the unknown for charity

Written byBy KYLE RITCHIE

Tesco employee Craig Robertson, from Macduff, free-falls through the sky during his parachute jump for children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent at Strathallan Airfield in Perthshire.
Tesco employee Craig Robertson, from Macduff, free-falls through the sky during his parachute jump for children’s cancer charity Clic Sargent at Strathallan Airfield in Perthshire.

A MACDUFF man who jumped out of a plane for charity has smashed his fund-raising target.

It was the first time that Craig Robertson (22), of Fife Street, had flown in a plane, let alone skydived, and he aimed to raise £500 for the children’s cancer charity, Clic Sargent.

Through support from his family, friends and colleagues at Banff’s Tesco store, however, he managed to raise nearly £1,300.

He said: "I more than doubled my target, which is just phenomenal. Fortunately the weather was great for the jump, and during the time waiting to go on the plane, I have never felt nerves like it.

"We climbed to 10,000 feet, and the views were sensational. We dropped out of the plane and free-fell at 120mph, dropping 5,300 feet in 22 seconds.

"It was a great feeling of relief when the parachute opened. When we landed, I had to take a seat, as there was so much adrenaline running through me."

The day grocery manager at the Banff store took on the challenge as part of fund-raising for the supermarket’s charity of the year.

He was part of a group of 80 workers from Tesco stores across the North-east of Scotland who took part in the jump at Strathallan Airfield near Perth and was the only representative from Banff.

"I was keen to raise money for Clic Sargent, as it does a lot of good work supporting children with cancer, and the skydive was really the ultimate challenge for me," he added.

"The experience was brilliant, and I would definitely recommend anyone to do it.

"I am grateful to my colleagues at Tesco, my friends at Macduff Parish Church and everyone in the community who donated to the cause."

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