Gran­dad’s leap was big am­bi­tion

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AN 80-year-old gran­dad has ful­filled a life­time am­bi­tion by leap­ing out of a plane at 15,000 feet.

The sky­dive was or­gan­ised to celebrate his birth­day but also raised £500 for the Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in the process.

Harry Tay­lor, from Prest­bury, jumped above the Lan­cashire coast­line and was able to see from the North Wales coast, the Pen­nines and Lake Dis­trict.

He was joined by his daugh­ter Lisa Chap­lin and son-in-law Gary, who is a am­bas­sador for the Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal char­ity.

Harry said: “It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like it.

“It was the per­fect 80th – best birth­day present ever – and so good to have also raised money for the char­ity.”

Gary, who last year cy­cled the height of Mount Ever­est up the Cat and Fid­dle rais­ing nearly £10,000 for the Royal Manch­ester Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, said “The day was fan­tas­tic, we fell so lucky with the weather, but the ex­hil­a­ra­tion was in­de­scrib­able.

“Free-fall­ing two miles in less than 60 sec­onds is the ul­ti­mate adren­a­line rush. I can’t wait to do it again.”

Harry Tay­lor with his daugh­ter Lisa Chap­lin and son-in-law Gary

Harry Tay­lor takes the plunge from 15,000ft

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