Two daredevil Hays Travel agents are planning to leap out of a plane in May to raise money for a Teesside autism charity.

Ashleigh Davison and Ebonie Bruce, who work at the Hays branch in Cockerton, Darlington, have agreed to take the plunge in aid of the Daisy Chain Project.

Davison, assistant manager, said they will jump out of the plane from a height of 10,000 feet, in tandem with a professional skydiver.

They will be taking to the skies on May 11, which also happens to be travel consultant Bruce’s 21 birthday.

Their entry fee for the challenge is £35 each, paid for by their branch’s local community partnership fund, which is donated by Hays Travel to help agencies generate donations for charities.

They have a target of £800 but have already passed the £400 mark within a few days of fundraising.

Davison said: “This is a cause close to our hearts as my little six-year-old brother has been diagnosed with autism.

“It’s becoming more common, and we are seeing more customers asking us about facilities for travellers with autism.”

She admitted feeling scared about the prospect of jumping from a plane after just one hour of instruction but added: “It will be funny. We will have Go-Pro cameras so the footage will be great.”

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