Is that a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Helen

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Bike rides, fun-runs or sponsored swims didn’t raise the adrenaline for a brave Eastbourne woman who decided to jump out of an aeroplane to raise money for charity.

Helen Palmer, business manager of McDonald’s Restaurant, Admiral Retail Park, decided to lead from the front and show staff they could beat their fears if rewards for people in need were great enough.

Helen, 35, undertook a tandem skydive at Headcorn Airfield in Kent on Thursday, June 19. She plunged from 12,000 feet, strapped to an instructor who helped her ensure a soft landing.

Her charity of choice was Ronald McDonald House, Camberwell - an independent charity that has been the chain’s charity of choice in the UK since 1989. It provides home away from home accommodation for families of children who are receiving treatment at King’s College Hospital, London.

Helen said,“In my role as a manager I didn’t feel I could ask my staff to raise money unless I proved that I was willing to step up to the plate. The skydive was an amazing experience and I hope it encourages my team to continue fundraising for this fantastic charity.”

Ronald McDonald House Camberwell is one of 14 Houses run by the independent charity. For more information about the House visit:

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