Derry mayor takes flight for charity

Derry mayor Paul Fleming in mid-air
Image caption Derry Mayor Paul Fleming took to the skies on Saturday

The mayor of Londonderry took a leap of faith of the weekend when he jumped out of a plane.

Paul Fleming took part in a tandem parachute jump to raise money for the charities HURT and the Foyle branch of the Parkinson's Disease Society.

Speaking before the jump Mr Fleming admitted to being a little apprehensive, but was determined to rise to the challenge.

But what about when he made it to solid ground again?

"It was pretty nerve wracking getting up there but the jump itself was exhilarating," said Mr Fleming.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have been able to raise money for my chosen charities - which are both very deserving causes."

Jack Glenn, president of the Foyle branch of the Parkinson's Disease Society they were "grateful" to the mayor.

"I would like to thank the Mayor for offering to do the parachute jump to raise money for HURT, especially as we know he is not too fond of heights," he said.

The jump took place at the Wild Geese Skydiving Centre in Garvagh on Saturday.

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