A CIRCLE of freefalling friends pulled off a sky-high charity fundraiser for the hospice - in memory of loved ones.

The daredevil teens jumped from 10,000 feet in aid of Ardgowan Hospice and raised thousands of pounds to help other families.

Nineteen-year-old Lauren Mulaghton was taking part in the skydive to say thanks for the care the staff gave her dad, who died of cancer two years ago at the age of just 49.

Together with her four friends they smashed their collection target, raising a total of £3,000, three times what they had hoped for

Friend Nicola Farr, 19, who was taking part in memory of her grandad Cornelius Farr, said: "I was the most nervous before it because I am scared of heights.

"But you can't really see anything for the clouds.

"Once I was there on the day I just lost my nervousness and I was fine. It was so exciting and we all had family there.

"I can't believe how much we managed to raise, we had hoped to get £1,000.

"I think we would all do it again."

The fab five making the jump at the St Andrew's Airfield also included Mia Forrest, 18, who did the skydive in memory of her papa Kerry Forrest, who passed away earlier this year.

Cousins Danielle Hunter and Nicole Haggerty took part in memory of their gran Margaret Gamble.

Ardgowan Hospice today thanked the group for their support.

Staff nurse Maureen McShea said “We are delighted that the girls have chosen to support Ardgowan Hospice by jumping out of a plane and raising an amazing £3,000.

"This could pay for someone to stay in our In Patient Unit for five days, where they would receive specialist supportive care.”

If anyone else would like to set themselves a challenge for the hospice they can email fundraising@ardhosp.co.uk or call Elaine on 558899 for more information.