A TEAM of staff from Trowbridge town council took to the skies for a parachute jump to raise money for a newly set up charity along with the charity founders.

At the Old Sarum airfield near Salisbury the group took the jump for Ruksak 45218, a children's charity to supply basic living essentials in parcels given out in ruck sacks.

Hayley Bell, head of leisure and facilities at Trowbridge town council said: "It helped me conquer my fear of heights, was a bit of a landmark for my 40th birthday earlier this year, and it was a privilege to be able to raise the cash."

For Ruksak 45218 co-founder Lee Fletcher it was the first time he had been flown in aeroplane.

Between them, they raised a total of £500, with donations still being taken on Just Giving.

Ruksak 45218 were chosen by Trowbridge mayor David Cavill as the chairty of the year, and they will be holding open days to raise more awareness of their work.

Co-founder Rory Donaldson said: "In Trowbridge and other towns in Wiltshire, there are families whose children are unable to have the essentials provided for them by their families, for a wide variety of reasons, by essentials, we are talking about suitable clothing, footwear and toiletries.

"So, we are asking the generous and kind people in Wiltshire to dig deep and support us, with the aim of relieving child poverty, this can be done through donations of essential items like toiletries, clothing and more."

To find out more please go to the TCAF community hub in the Shires, Trowbridge on Saturday (September 28) from 9am to 4pm, where donations can be made and you can hear more about the work of Ruksak 45218.