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Dad and daughter plunge 13,000 feet W


ith the economic climate keeping purse strings tight, sometimes you have to go to


extreme lengths to raise money for charity. So it was for Paul and Chelsie Johnson – who


jumped out of a perfectly good plane at 13,000 feet to raise funds for the Peace Hospice. Paul is the man behind PJ Mortgages UK Ltd,


in St Albans Road, Watford. He‘s also part owner of the Hammer in Hand pub in Watford. Each year the pub raises funds for a different charity and this year it‘s the Peace Hospice. The charitable cause was the extra motivation


Paul needed to go skydiving. He said: ―It‘s something I‘ve always wanted to


do, even though I‘m scared of heights and don‘t like flying. Myself and my daughter both decided


we‘d do a jump. ―We jumped at 13,000 feet. It was an


experience, I‘ll say that. I can‘t say I‘d be rushing back to do it again, but it was a good experience. ―It takes about four-and-a-half minutes to get


to the ground from when you fall out of the plane. The first 4,000 to 5,000 feet is about a minute because you‘ve got no ‗chute.‖ Paul said he and Chelsie raised about £1,200


from the jump, through JP Mortgages. So far this year his other business, the pub, has raised about £4,000 for the hospice, through events as diverse as raffles and a Royal wedding charity day. He said those who wished to sponsor the jump can send a cheque directly to the Peace Hospice.


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