A Newcastle Emlyn hairdresser with an autistic grandson has taken to the skies to raise money for organisations that help people with autism and their families.

Pamela Atterbury, owner of A Cut Above salon, and two friends Caroline Rees and Andrea Saunders hurled themselves out of an aeroplane at Swansea airport on Sunday 3rd August to raise the money

“The jump was the most challenging thing I have ever done,” said Pamela. “Falling out of a plane at 12,000 feet is just not what your body wants to do! But jump I did. It was so fast, dropping towards the ground. It was really frightening, but I was strapped to an amazing experienced jumper and I had great faith in him.

“After about a minute of falling, a big tug upwards and the main chute opened. We gently glided down looking at the beautiful scenery of the Gower coast, which made it all worthwhile!”

Pamela has now raised around £3,000 from donations, a coffee morning and raffle, a sponsored walk along the Pembrokeshire coast and the skydive.

To make a donation please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=pamelaatterbury or call in at A Cut Above in Emlyn Square. ends