Super gran plummets through air for charity

Thanks: gran Wendy Simpson, 72, with Julie Bottomley and Angela Walton
Thanks: gran Wendy Simpson, 72, with Julie Bottomley and Angela Walton

A SUPERFLY gran has raised more than £1,000 after plummeting through the air in a 15,000ft skydive.

Wendy Simpson, 72, leapt out of a plane in aid of the Macmillan Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The pensioner, of Rastrick, Brighouse, completed the dive, despite having a fear of heights, at an airfield near Hull.

Wendy – who has six children, 13 grandchilren and two great grandchildren – had breast cancer in 2005 and underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery at Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Now fully recovered, she has not forgotten the support she received during her illness from the Macmillan nurses.

She said: “The care they gave me was wonderful. Knowing I could pick up the phone with any worries whatsoever was brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble.

“Also, it’s not a sad place. The staff were cheerful and always gave me a lift when I was there.”

Speaking at the time, she said she thoroughly enjoyed the skydive. “It was absolutely exhilarating. I’ve been on a high ever since and I don’t think I’ve come back down to earth yet.

“I kept expecting to feel apprehensive but the nerves never happened – not while we were having the briefing, not when we going up in the plane, not even while I was waiting to jump. It was just a pure adrenaline rush,

Wendy has also run two Race for Lifes and completed the skydive in tandem, with the start in freefall, before the parachute opened.

She added: “Who knows what’s next? I might go wing-walking!”