Pensioner’s skydive for charity

A grandmother celebrated her 80th birthday by jumping out of a plane.

Tuesday, 17th September 2019, 6:42 pm
Updated Friday, 20th September 2019, 7:00 pm
Janet Wilkinson, 80, did a tandem skydive to raise money for Bell View in Belford.

Janet Wilkinson did a tandem skydive in aid of Bell View, the Belford-based charity for which she volunteers.

She said: “I had always wanted to experience what it was like to jump out of a plane at 15,000 feet. Well, now I know.

“My nerves did get to me in the end, however I can now tick this experience off my list, but never again.”

Janet raised more than £1,500 from friends, family and local businesses, which will go a long way in providing vital services for older people.

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Centre operations manager Paul Harrison said: “We are truly thankful to Janet and we’re just left wondering what she will do next. It demonstrates that turning 80 doesn’t stop you achieving your potential and ambitions.”