Pensioner joins parachute jump

From left, Jessica, Pauline, Abigail and Lynn who are looking forward to their challenge
From left, Jessica, Pauline, Abigail and Lynn who are looking forward to their challenge
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MANY pensioners enjoy spending their Sundays relaxing in the garden or visiting a car boot sale.

However 88-year-old Lynn Fennell isn’t like most pensioners.

For Lynn, from Osgodby, is preparing to take part in a tandem parachute jump on August 21 alongside three other members of her family to help raise money for Cancer Research UK and St Catherine’s Hospice.

Fearless Lynn said: “I’m more worried about getting my photograph taken than the jump itself!

“I might end up with nerves when I first jump out of the Aeroplane as I’ve never done this before but I’m sure that I’ll be fine. “

She will make the jump alongside her daughter Pauline, 53, granddaughter Abigail, 18, and niece Jessica Taylor, 29, which span three generations in total.

Once in the air, she will plummet at speeds of up to 120mph towards the ground before, touch wood, floating safely to the ground.

Pauline said that if it wasn’t for her mother, none of the family would probably be jumping at all.

“It was my mum that initially gave us the idea when she mentioned that she had always wanted to do a parachute jump, everything else just snowballed from there.”

And joining Lynn on her leap will be veteran instructor George McGuiness, who at 64, is currently the oldest active instructor in the UK.

At a combined age of 152, even experienced George, who alone has made nearly 7000 jumps in his career, says that this jump will be unique. I’ve had quite a few older people jump with me, but Lynn’s definitely the oldest.

“For her age though, she’s incredibly fit, so I don’t think that she will have any problems at all.“

The family are hoping to raise £4000 for the charity’s, and are already well on their way.

If you would like to sponsor them, text ‘JUMP88’ TO 70070, or visit www.justgiving.com for more information.