THE owner of an Ashbourne business is celebrating the end of his first year of trading by leaping out of a plane.
Richard Bates, who set up building, timber and landscape merchants Hangar 4 in April last year, is planning to raise money for charity during his forthcoming anniversary celebrations.
The 43-year-old hopes to raise at least £1,000 in sponsorship as he leaps from a plane in a tandem skydive over Langar Airfield in Nottinghamshire and the money will be split between the Mayor’s Charities and Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide.
The jump will take place a week after a celebratory open day at Blenheim Road-based Hangar 4, on Monday, April 22.
Father of three Mr Bates said: “I wanted to do something which is a bit different and jumping out of a plane is linked to airfields and hangars and so it seemed ideal really.
“I just wanted to stretch myself and do something different and thought to my self I could raise some money for charity at the same time.”
Mr Bates has set himself a fund-raising target of £1,000 and has already collected his first £90 within a few days of inviting sponsorship.
His company will be paying the £300 fee for the jump, so every penny pledged will be divided equally between the two charities.
Sponsorship forms can be found at Hangar 4, The Wheel Inn, Best Wishes and the Cock Inn, Clifton.
To find out more about Hangar 4, or how to donate, call 01335 300450.