81-Year-Old, Along with 19 Daredevils, Went Skydiving from 14,000 Ft to Raise Funds for a Charitable Cause

Published 09/05/2023, 9:04 AM EDT

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Skydiving is an adventure that pours in so much of an adrenaline rush. Attempting on this dangerous adventure for charity comes under a very noble cause. After enduring unfavorable weather conditions and the initial cancellation of the planned event, the tandem skydive was rescheduled for Friday, September 1.

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The participants gathered at Cark Airfield, located near Flookbrough. There, they received a comprehensive briefing before donning their skydiving gear and boarding the plane.

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As the aircraft ascended into the sky, the excitement and anticipation mounted. From a breathtaking altitude of 14,000 feet, they courageously launched themselves into the open air, free-falling through the clouds until their experienced instructors skillfully deployed the parachutes.

One particularly inspiring skydiver was Bridget Chaplin. An 81-year-old who has been an unwavering supporter of the charity for nearly two decades. Her commitment to the cause stemmed from the compassionate care the hospice provided to her late husband, David, during his final days. Over the years, Bridget has managed to raise an impressive sum of over £7,500 for the hospice.

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Bridget had originally pledged to undertake a skydive for the hospice when she turned 90. However, she decided to seize the moment and take the leap now. She expressed, “I said I’d do a skydive for the hospice when I reached 90 — but I decided to do it now, in case I never reach my 90th year.” Her family stood around her, providing unwavering support during this daring endeavor. Bridget described the jump as a “tremendous experience” and expressed heartfelt gratitude to everyone who generously contributed to her cause.

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Another remarkable participant was 88-year-old Dr. Sylvia Wood from Kirkby-in-Furness.

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Age is just a number

She stood as the oldest supporter of St. Mary’s Hospice to partake in the skydive. Driven by a deep-seated commitment, she chose to embark on this skydiving adventure while also raising funds for charity. Dr Wood, who battles stage four breast cancer, remarked before the jump, “I’m looking forward to it. I have stage four breast cancer, and decided to do the skydive while raising some money for charity, instead of just my pleasure.”

On the opposite end of the age spectrum was the youngest participant, Luke Johnston. At just 16 years old, he had celebrated his birthday a week before the daring skydive. Luke took this plunge in memory of his late grandfather, Brian Johnston, who had received care from the Hospice. He passed away nine years ago. Luke’s admirable efforts raised approximately £1,500, and he expressed his heartfelt appreciation, saying, “I’d like to say thank you to everyone who supported me with their donations.”

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Mel Dixon, the events manager, was effusive in her praise for the participants. She describes them as “extremely brave skydivers.” She also emphasized the vital role the hospice plays in providing care and support to both patients and their families. While the final total raised was yet to be announced, it was clear that the skydivers had far exceeded all expectations, underscoring the incredible impact of their collective efforts.

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