Personal injury specialists take 10,000ft plunge to support air ambulance

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Karen Thompson, Lily Oosthuizen, Julie Witten, Julia Prior and Julia Lawton preparing for their jump.

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Five legal high-fliers are to plummet 10,000 feet from an aeroplane to support the life-saving work of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Senior legal executive Karen Thompson, Associate Julia Prior and support staff Julie Witten, Julia Lawton and Lily Oosthuizen decided to take on the challenge after spotting a plea for fundraisers in the Southern Daily Echo.

All are members of the Personal Injury team at BL Claims Solicitors, based at New Kings Court, Eastleigh, which has strong links with health charities.

Karen said: “I saw in the Daily Echo that the air ambulance were putting on this challenge and I mentioned it in a team meeting.

“It’s a quite terrifying thing to do but it seems to be on a lot of people’s ‘bucket lists’ so my colleagues said they‘d come along too

“I suppose it’s rather ironic that a group of personal injury lawyers are jumping out of a plane for the air ambulance – I’m sure we won’t need them on the day!”

The team will travel to Old Sarum in Salisbury on Friday, April 24 where they will be given a training and safety session before the challenge starts.

Each team member is aiming to raise at least £375 to support the Air Ambulance, which costs more than £4,000 a day to run and relies on fundraising from volunteers. Click here for more information.

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