The women who fell for charity

A team of daredevil women raised more than £40,000 for the British Red Cross at the weekend by smashing the UK record for formation skydiving by an all-women group.

Sixty-eight Brit Chicks, as they have dubbed themselves, formed a human red cross in the skies over Langar Airfield in Nottingham on Saturday evening, topping the previous record by eight people.

One participant, Kate Shearer, described the experience as fantastic. "We did it at the third attempt," she said. "Everything has to be done at just the right time - jumping out of four aeroplanes in close formation at 15,000 feet, linking up in your allocated slot, then breaking off in groups. You have about 60 seconds to do it."

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