Dare­devil great-gran jumps to it

Stockport Express - - News -

A GREAT-GRANDMA has proved you’re never too old to be an adren­a­line junkie - after jump­ing out of a plane at 11,000ft.

Shirley McCon­nell, 82, ful­filled a long-stand­ing am­bi­tion by tak­ing part in a tan­dem sky­dive for charity.

She passed a med­i­cal with fly­ing colours so com­pleted the parachute jump - which in­cluded thou­sands of feet of freefall - to raise money for the Hunt­ing­ton’s Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion.

Fol­low­ing her dare­devil ex­pe­ri­ence Shirley, of Mars­den Road in Romi­ley, said: “I’d al­ways wanted to have a go but not had the chance un­til now. I’ve al­ways liked fly­ing and I feel I wanted to do it be­fore I got too old.

“The thought that a nice young man was safely hold­ing me was good and re­as­sur­ing too. You are never too old.”

Join­ing Shirley at the sky­dive, in Lan­caster, were her grand­son Alex McCon­nell, 30 and his fi­ancee Tara Gold­smith, 28.

They were rais­ing money for the Hunt­ing­ton’s Dis­ease As­so­ci­a­tion as Tara’s fam­ily car­ries the ge­netic brain con­di­tion.

It has al­ready claimed her dad’s life and a test revealed that she also has the con­di­tion.

Their tar­get of rais­ing £1,000 has now been reached but fur­ther dona­tions can be given.

Shirley, a former re­cep­tion­ist, has re­mained ac­tive since re­tir­ing, be­ing a keen walker and gar­dener.

Any­one wish­ing to do­nate to the cause can visit www.just­giv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/hdasky­dive.

●●Shirley McCon­nell, right, com­plet­ing her sky­dive

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