9th Dec, 2016

Brave souls take part in parachute jump to raise funds for Age UK

Solihull Editorial 21st Aug, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SIX BRAVE souls are taking part in tandem parachute jumps in aid of Age UK Solihull to recognise International Older People’s Day on October 1 – and three of them have a combined age of 235!

Danny Lee is the oldest at 84, with Peter Johnson a youngster in comparison at 77 and Ken Wareham, a former police officer close behind him at 74.

Danny and Peter are partially sighted, having met at the Blind Veterans Association and Peter has also roped in his daughter Lucy to take part.

Also jumping are members of the conference sales team from St John’s Hotel Solihull – Sophie Allen and Charlotte Franklin, while Vicki Little completes the line-up of 6.

The charity is looking for four more volunteers to make up the ten places booked for the day, which takes place at Brackley Airfield in Northamptonshire. Other dates are available throughout the year at the airfield.

Lorraine Hart, Fundraising Manager at Age UK Solihull, said: “We are delighted to have received such a great response to the Parachute Jump Day.

“I guess this feat is on a lot of people’s bucket list and it’s a great way to raise much needed funds to help older people in the borough at the same time.”

If you are interested in taking part on October 1, you will need to raise £395 and pay a £70 deposit (included in the £395) when registering. More details can be found at www.ageuksolihull.org.uk/fundraising or call 0121 704 7842 for an information pack.

If you would like to sponsor Danny, Ken or Peter contact Age UK Solihull on 0121 704 7842.

All the money raised stays in Solihull to help pay for services to older people, particularly those living alone.

The charity helps over 20,000 local people in the borough each year with information, advice, practical help and companionship.

Age UK Solihull is now located in The Core at Solihull Central Library and advice is also available at the Hub in Chemlsley Wood Library.