A RESEARCH officer at the University of Chester has found her wings after taking part in a tandem skydive to raise funds for charity.

Kathryn Melling, also a lecturer in statistics at the university, jumped 15,000ft from a plane to raise cash for St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds in memory of her father.

Frank Melling died at the hospice in 2008 at the age of 70 following a brief battle with cancer and Kathryn wanted to do something to mark his memory and to say thank you for the support he received.

Although nervous about the experience, the 36-year-old, of Little Heath Road, Littleton, has now been bitten by the bug and was already planning her next leap.

She said: “It was the most exhilarating experience of my life. Words cannot adequately describe how utterly fantastic it was.”

Kathryn raised £515 from the jump, exceeding her target of £395, and is grateful for the support she received from friends and colleagues.

“Thank you to all of you who helped with the jump, through donating money and/or giving encouragement,” she said.