The Mayor of Hounslow has taken a giant leap for charity after touching down from a 10,000ft freefall skydive.

Councillor Sue Sampson said the experience is like "potentially staring death in the face" following the parachute jump at Brackley Airfield, near Banbury on Monday (August 28).

This footage shows the mayor reaching new heights in the sponsored jump challenge in aid of Pink Ribbon Foundation, one of her mayoral charities of the year.

Ms Sampson has raised more than £4,000 for the breast cancer charity and donations continue to fly in.



She said: “It was an exhilarating experience. I was not nervous until I saw my son Liam’s face as he was about to jump.

“It was then a case of what am I doing?! But as I reached the door of the air craft- I thought, well, there’s no going back now and I jumped.

“I am so glad to have done this and yes, I would do it again.

"You struggle to find a single word that sums up the experience as it is like potentially staring death in the face, but it was something I will never forget.

“I want to thank all the staff at Brackley Airfield plus Jim Meehan and Andy Bell of SkyHeld Cameras, my cameramen for the day who filmed the jump.

"It was a great day and who better to do this for than for charity."

Mayor of Hounslow Sue Sampson's charity skydive


Her next charity challenge is in aid of Refuge - against domestic violence, which will see her join other walkers in Walk42017, crossing four of London’s iconic bridges - Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge, Millennium Bridge and Westminster Bridge - on Sunday September 9.

The charity is close to her heart after her sister Maureen Roberts was shot dead, aged 23, in 1976 by her estranged husband.

As a young eight-year-old at the time Ms Sampson remembers it like it was yesterday and is supporting the work of the organisation which means a lot to her.

Donate or join the Mayor and her team on the walk in support of Walk4Refuge

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