A SCOTTISH Gas boss is taking to the skies to launch a unique new charity partnership with Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – CHAS.

David Robertson, head of customer delivery at the energy and services provider, will take part in a sponsored skydive at Fife Airport in Glenrothes on June 20, despite having a fear of heights.

Many of his colleagues have also signed up for other challenging fundraising initiatives. Through the new partnership, Scottish Gas, which has a workforce of more than 1000 has pledged to raise £50,000 for the charity over the course of the year.

Robertson, from East Wemyss, Fife, who will also run the Edinburgh Marathon in May, said: “I’m not scared of many things but I do have a fear of heights so this is definitely out of my comfort zone.

“There’s been lot of laughs from colleagues and family and friends who can’t believe I’ve actually signed up to throw myself out of a plane but it’s for a fantastic cause.

Some £2000 has already been raised following a race night at Hamilton Park Racecourse. The company also plans staff volunteering days.