Free falling into the Dragons’ Den

BLUE SKY THINKING: Fiona Wood with her instructor during her parachute jump organised by Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne.
BLUE SKY THINKING: Fiona Wood with her instructor during her parachute jump organised by Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne.

To most business people the words ‘blue sky’ are often followed by ‘thinking’, but not for one daredevil Cleckheaton entrepreneur.

Fiona Wood, 34, joined Duncan Bannatyne, of BBC’s Dragon’s Den, and 30 others for a sky dive in aid of the Pilgrim Bandits charity which helps forces amputees. The cause was poignant as her brother Martin Suffield, 40, lost most of his right leg in an explosion in Belfast in 1988, while serving in the armed forces.

She hooked up with the fiery dragon after the pair exchanged Twitter messages.

“We were both on Twitter and he asked his followers if anyone wanted to get involved in the parachute jump,” she said.

“The fact it was for the Pilgrim Bandits was strange, because there was nothing like that around in 1988.”

The parachute jump raised more than £30,000 and Mr Bannatyne is now patron of the charity.

Fiona is a successful businesswoman herself, launching her Naturally Cool Kids range last year after winning a top national entrepreneurial award.

“It was an inspirational day because all of the amputees helped by the charity were there,” she added.

“When it came to my turn, everything happened so quickly that by the time get go the edge of the plane ready to jump

“I didn’t have time to think about it. It was amazing!”