Pensioners take parachute plunge

Charity Parachute jump Vet Stuart Easby and daring parachutist Norma Carrick. ..113033a
Charity Parachute jump Vet Stuart Easby and daring parachutist Norma Carrick. ..113033a

A PLUCKY pair of pensioners are taking to the skies to raise money to help a local vet care for animals abroad.

Norma Carrick, 70, (pictured) and Geraldine Barnet, 68, from Raw Animal Rescue, near Robin Hood’s Bay, are doing a 13,000ft parachute jump tomorrow near Bridlington.

The daring duo want to help semi-retired vet Stuart Easby travel to Somalia on an animal rescue mission, to provide whatever help he can to animals in need.

Some of the proceeds will also go towards caring for animals closer to home at the centre in Raw.

Mrs Carrick said: “A friend suggested the jump as a way to raise money and I was all for it.

“We went to the centre and had a practice run-through of the landing positions and my husband was laughing like mad.

“Some friends and family think I’m crackers and others say I’m very brave.

“But if it brings money in for the animals I’ll do anything.”

Mr Easby, who lives near Malton, was full of admiration for Norma and Geraldine’s efforts.

He said: “I think it’s amazing that they’re going to jump out of a plane. I’d like to do it myself but I can’t get a doctor’s certificate!”

Mr Easby’s veterinary practice was in Stamford Bridge and he now travels all over the world to help injured or neglected animals.

He spent time in Japan following the devastating earthquake and has been to Pakistan, Israel and Palestine to offer his support.

He said: “It can be unbelievably frustrating when animals are simply left to die.”

Mrs Carrick is hoping the jump will go ahead tomorrow as it has already been put back twice due to bad weather.

She said: “It’s my first jump but I’m not nervous at all. I’m really looking forward to it.”

To sponsor the pair go to Raw Animal Rescue on Facebook or email