A MILFORD Haven pensioner, who is taking part in a hair-raising skydive to raise funds for Sport Relief, will feature in a special TV documentary.

Evan Newsham, 74, will be joining a team of ‘silver skydivers’ supporting rugby hero Gareth ‘Alfie’ Thomas conquer his fear of heights in the terrifying leap from 12,000 feet.

The fundraising feat will feature as part of an extra-special BBC Wales documentary, Gareth Thomas’ Silver Skydivers for Sport Relief, as part of the Sport Relief, which runs from March 17-23.

Evan, originally from the North East of England, was sent to Milford Haven for three weeks as an apprentice in the ship building industry, he met his wife during his first week and never left.

Evan worked in the Middle East for 25 years, building pipelines in the desert. Years later, his wife became ill with kidney problems and he became her full-time carer.

She sadly passed away in 2014 and since then, having more time on his hands, he’s become active again.

Evan is no stranger to fundraising.

He has raised a lot of money for various charities over the years, taking part in walks, runs, the UK Three Peaks Race, a 12-mile tough mudder challenge and last year, at 74, he completed the Cardiff Half Marathon. Doing a skydive has been on his challenge list for a while.

Also joining Gareth on his skydive is former Pembrokeshire resident Margret Lloyd, 72, now living in the Brecon area, who is looking forward to ticking a skydive off her ‘bucket list’ – and making her grandchildren proud.

Gareth’s silver skydivers will be his support system to conquer his fear as they all take to the air. To calm his nerves ahead of the jump, Gareth will try his hand at a range of high-altitude challenges, including mountain climbing in Snowdonia. He will also meet his new team mates and also get a first-hand insight into what it's like to grow older in modern Britain.

For more information on how to get involved with this year’s Sport Relief campaign, download the Sport Relief App for free or go to sportrelief.com.