CO-WORKERS have jumped from 14,000 feet to raise money for a mental health charity.

Eight members of Simplyhealth’s Customer and Brand team, based in Andover, conquered their fears to complete a skydive on Saturday, September 29, at Netheravon Airfield in Wiltshire, raising over £5,000 for the mental health charity Mind.

Wendy Cummins, corporate giving manager at Simplyhealth, said: “Having seen the result of someone suffering with mental health take their life it was more important than ever to raise funds, as the work Mind do is incredible.

“I thought if it takes me to jump out of a plane to help a few more people back to good mental health, then why wouldn’t I?”

For Luke Trudgett, the jump happened to coincide with his 30th birthday but this was not the only reason why he wanted to get involved.

He said: “I wanted to do the jump for a number of reasons. One, it was my big 30, but I also wanted to help a charity that supports people with depression and anxiety.

“I have had those conditions myself and I know there are people out there who need help but just can’t get it.

“I have been fortunate enough to be helped, so I hope the money we have raised will enable others to get the support they need.”