SAILORS have completed a 100 feet abseil down Yeovil’s tallest building to raise money for a new special care baby unit in Yeovil District Hospital.

Three personnel from the 815 Naval Air Squadron completed the abseil down the side of Yeovil Hospital in support of the hospital’s Flying Colours Appeal.

The group from the Royal Naval Air Station, Yeovilton, heard about the abseil and decided to take part.

Personnel from the squadron contributed around £500 to support the group ahead of the abseil.

They were cheered on as they jumped down the 100 ft tall building by plenty of local onlookers.

Lieutenant Amy Gilmore who took part said: “I love taking part in sports such as snowboarding, windsurfing, triathlons and doing stupid things like abseiling down the side of hospitals.”

Leading Air Engineering Technician Ian Hart added: “I know that the Flying Colours appeal is raising money for a great cause, colleagues at work have benefited from the care that Yeovil Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit provides to very premature babies.

"This was a fun way of helping the Appeal reach its target.”

LAET Sean Whitmore said: “We’re really pleased that we’ve been able to help the Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit appeal in this simple way.

“It was a little daunting hopping over the edge of Yeovil’s tallest building, but once we got going it was awesome - I want to do it again.”