‘Height junkie’ gran takes flight for char­ity

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE SKY was the limit when north Lon­don grand­mother Sarah Bar­nett de­cided to mark her 70th birth­day with an ac­tiv­ity sup­port­ing Camp Sim­cha.

Watched by fam­ily mem­bers in­clud­ing her hus­band David and two of her three grand­chil­dren, the “height junkie” raised more than £750 from a spon­sored hang-glide in Lewes, Sus­sex.

“This is some­thing I had al­ways wanted to do — that thrill of lit­er­ally jump­ing off a cliff,” the Edg­ware res­i­dent said.

“I was the old­est by far among the group. When the in­struc­tor asked about any med­i­cal prob­lems, I didn’t know where to start. I told him about my hips and my back. I think he got the pic­ture.”

Get­ting into the hang-glid­ing suit had been a chal­lenge in it­self. “There was no way I could do it on my own. The in­struc­tor pulled, my son-in-law pushed and my hus­band kept me up­right!”

The ex­pe­ri­ence had been a mix­ture of “ex­hil­a­ra­tion and won­der. With the wind in my face, it was pure free­dom, a fan­tas­tic feel­ing like noth­ing else. I loved it as we dipped and turned. I could have stayed up there for hours.

“All too soon it was over and my grand­chil­dren were hug­ging me and kiss­ing me, say­ing: ‘I can’t be­lieve you’ve done it.’”

She hoped the pro­ceeds would help Camp Sim­cha “to con­tinue the won­der­ful work it does” in sup­port­ing chil­dren with se­ri­ous ill­ness and their fam­i­lies.

Sarah Bar­nett after her air dis­play

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