Nicola takes the plunge for heroes

A SELFLESS fund-raiser has proved herself a double hit after raising thousands of pounds for armed forces with two sterling efforts in three days.

Nicola McPherson, of Rotherham, raised over £4,000 for Help for Heroes by jumping out of an airplane and holding a charity fancy dress day in the same week.

The 24-year-old took the leap on Saturday, jumping 13,000ft at Neveravon Airfield.

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“It was brilliant,” she said. “We raised four times what we were expecting.

"At the time of the jump nothing was going through my mind really, I cant describe it.

“I was falling at around 125mph and got this massive rush. Then when I opened the parachute everything turned weirdly quiet and relaxing.

“Everything on the ground appeared really small and all the cars looked as though they were driving really slowly.”

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Supporting injured soldiers is close to Nicola's heart as her brother, Capt Paul McPherson, is currently serving on the front-line with D Battery Royal Horse Artillery in Afghanistan.  

Nicola, who works in the baby unit at Wickersley Nursery, organised a Heroes Day there two days before her jump.

The event raised £416 for the charity through fancy dress and a raffle.

She said: “If people don’t have anybody in the army they don’t always know about the charity.

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“But we shouldn’t wait until someone comes home with an injury before we help, we need to do as much as we can."

You can still support Nicola’s fund-raising by visiting