Geronimo! Kelly set for skydive

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A Halifax woman will be part of a daredevil team of sky-divers hoping to raise thousands of pounds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Kelly Cooke is one of five army wives taking part in the fundraising effort for the charity, which provides support for soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.

Kelly, 27, is married to Lance Corporal Lee Cooke of 26 Royal Engineers and hopes to raise £450, with the army wives team hoping to reach a grand total of £2,350 for the charity, which in the last year has supported more than 80 specialist charities and 6,000 individuals.

Kelly said: “As part of the wider army family I felt the need to give something back, and one day I may need to use this charity.

“Claire Ansell, the team leader, came up with the idea as she’s never even been on a plane before so thought why not throw herself out of one and raise money for a great charity close to our hearts at the same time.”

Kelly will be joined by Christina Brown from Farnham, Kayleigh Pike from Barnsley, Carly-Anne Amoako from Kent, and team leader Claire Ansell from Barnsley, who are all married to serving soldiers.

Martin Rutledge, chief executive of The Soldiers Charity, said: “Kelly and the army wives team’s support for The Soldiers Charity will help to remind people of the many sacrifices made by serving and former soldiers, long after any news of Afghanistan has left the front page. The money raised will help The Soldiers Charity to do what it does best - being there for soldiers, for life.”

The jump will be a tandem skydive with the Red Devils on June 25 in Wiltshir.

To sponsor Kelly and the army wives team you can Text WIFE69 £5 to 70070 (or desired amount) or go online at http:/fundraising.soldierscharity.org/KELLYCOOKE