A PLUCKY pensioner jumped 1,500ft from a plane for a charity sky dive.
Gwen Young – who suffers from Parkinson’s disease – completed the jump to raise money for Parkinson's UK.
The 74-year-old, who celebrates her birthday today, did the jump at Langar airfield in Nottingham on Saturday.
Gwen, from Neston, said: “It was the first time I had ever done a sky dive.
“I heard about it when the charity sent me a letter about it. I thought, ‘I could do that and jump out of an aeroplane’.
“On the day I wasn’t nervous at all until they threw me out of the aircraft.I plunged and did a free fall – it was terrifying.
“Some young lads were screaming, but I didn’t. I just pulled funny faces.
“Then the parachute came out and I shot back up. It was fantastic to be able to stand in mid air, and that was the best part of it.
“My instructor, Steve Samuel, handed me the guide strings to navigate where I wanted to go.
“It was really warm and beautiful up there and I could see magnificent views. It was spectacular. I was in the air for about 20 minutes. It was brilliant and I did a good landing.
“I wouldn’t do a sky dive again, but I would do a parachute jump.”
Her husband. John. watched as Gwen came back down to earth.
He added: “I am so proud of Gwen, she did a brilliant job. It was a clear, blue sky and I could see her jump out of the plane – a little dot.
“I waited for her to land and she did that safely. Thankfully she didn’t injure herself as the previous day a lady broke her leg and ankle!”
Gwen’s challenge has paid off as she has raised £1,300 for the charity, with more money coming in.
The money will be used to help find a cure for Parkinson’s disease, which is a progressive, neurological condition.
At the moment there is no cure. Drugs and treatments are available to manage many of the symptoms.
If any readers would like to donate you can do so by emailing John and Gwen at: email@example.com