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Saturday 20 September 2014

Katie's sky-high picnic for charity

Katie Melua enjoys a picnic 13,000 feet up in the air

Katie Melua enjoyed the high life with a picnic in the sky during a skydive from 13,000 ft above the earth.

The singer made the daredevil leap in support of The Royal British Legion's new summer fundraising campaign Poppy Picnics.

She took the plunge, along with her husband the former World Superbike champion James Toseland, with help of the Legion's extreme human flight team, Jump4Heroes at Netheravon, the home of the Army Parachute Association.

The Closest Thing To Crazy singer is no stranger to odd challenges, having performed a gig 303 metres below sea level in the North Sea in 2006 to set an underwater record. And she has also played underground at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

She said of her skydive: "It was an incredible experience. Even though it wasn't my first ever jump, it's certainly my first ever picnic in the sky. I still find it really scary before jumping but love overcoming that fear."

The British Legion is calling on people to hold a Poppy Picnic in any kind of setting to celebrate the contribution of the Armed Forces and their families.

Further details about picnics are available at www.poppypicnic.org.uk.

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