Sky is the limit for daredevil friend

19th August 2011'Paul Lawrence stepped in 2 weeks before friend was due to do a sky dive for charity as she found she was pregnant'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
19th August 2011'Paul Lawrence stepped in 2 weeks before friend was due to do a sky dive for charity as she found she was pregnant'PICTURE: MATTHEW PAGE
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A SOUTH KIRKBY daredevil literally jumped in to save the day to help raise cash for charity.

Paul Lawrence offered to skydive from 15,000 feet after his friend Natalie Davis found out she was pregnant - just two weeks before she was due to make the jump herself for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Mr Lawrence, 32, of Church Mount, said: “Natalie had raised so much money for the charity and I thought it would be a shame for it go to waste.

“It was a once-in-a lifetime opportunity, so I just had to get on with it.

“Everyone said I was mad for doing it but I kept thinking about the charity and the good work the cash would be used for.”

Once at the airfield, Mr Lawrence had to wait five hours before he could jump as the weather conditions were unsuitable.

Mr Lawrence said: “I was so nervous I just paced up and down, and having to wait made it even worse.”

He successfully completed the freefall and raised £400 for the charity.

Mr Lawrence said the jump was absolutely amazing and would love to do it again.

He said: “The wind in your face and the feeling of just falling was incredible, words can’t really describe it.”

Miss Davis had intended to do the skydive with colleagues from Yorkshire Ambulance Service in Wakefield, but discovered she was 12 weeks pregnant before the jump.

She said: “Paul Lawrence is my hero. I was immensely grateful that Paul took my place in the sky dive.

“It was very kind and brave of him. I thought he was such a gentleman to offer.

“And we raised a lot more money between us so it worked out really well in the end.”

The group managed to raise more than £2,000 with their contributions included.