CHESHIRE grandmother is preparing to tackle her ultimate challenge from 10,000 feet – all in the name of friendship.
Grace Davies, from Wilmslow, is facing a freefall and parachute adventure in aid of East Cheshire Hospice, as a tribute to her lifelong friend, Kath Lee, who died last October.
Grace and Kath, from Congleton, were friends for more than 60 years through childhood, school and married days.
When her friend became ill, Grace visited her often at the Macclesfield hospice, and it was on one of those occasions she heard about the fundraising challenge.
“My friend just said ‘go for it’ so that’s what I’m doing,” said Grace.
“I’ve never attempted anything like this before but I’m excited.”
Grace will jump in tandem with a qualified instructor and freefall for 30 seconds before the parachute opens.
“I don’t know why, but the thought of doing it doesn’t frighten me. I’m sure it will be exhilarating,” she said.
Grace will share the skies with her 16-year-old granddaughter Feebie Potts who is also taking part in the jump.
“When I told her I was doing it, she was eager to sign up as well,” said Grace.
“We’re both really looking forward to fulfilling my promise to my friend and raising money for the excellent work of the hospice.”
The Skydive Day on July 11 takes place at the Black Knights Parachute Centre near Lancaster and is one of the highlights of the fundraising year for the hospice.
Places are limited – to secure a space, email email@example.com.
A £50 entry fee is required and the minimum sponsorship needed is £350.