Daredevil Hilda, 85, in parachute jump

A fundraising 85-year-old will be parachuting out of a plane today to raise money for Age Concern.

Hilda Briggs, of Esplanade, Scarborough, is not afraid of such crazy stunts – she abseiled down the Grand Hotel for charity when she was 80.

The retired headmistress is a well-known face in Scarborough and worked at the Girls' High School before becoming Graham School's first headmistress.

Miss Briggs saw an article in the Evening News with a headline which said "Young Jump for the Old" and decided that she would also like to do a jump, although she is not officially "young" anymore.

She has undergone rigorous checks with her doctor to make sure she is fit and able to do the tandem jump and has had heart and blood pressure checks as well as tests to check the strength of her bones.

"My brother was a paratrooper in the war and his two sons and daughter are coming over from Stafford, Oldham and Salford to watch me do the jump," she said, "It's the Girls' High School old girls' agm and they're very amused that that I can't go along because I am doing the parachute jump."

As to her youthfulness, Miss Briggs is not a keep-fit fanatic as you might expect but says she does keep as active as possible.

"I find walking difficult but I keep active and I'm always very busy," she said.

Miss Briggs is a member of many local groups, including South Cliff Methodist Church and the Soroptomists and she is a former chairman of the CVS and now a committee member for them.

All of the associations have contributed to the 700 she has raised for

Age Concern. The jump will be made from Grindale, near Bridlington.

"I'm hoping that the weather will stay fine. I am a bit nervous and want to get it done and not postpone it."