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Dartford granny takes the plunge on charity sky-dive

PUBLISHED: 10:02 07 July 2011

Skydive Granny

Photograph copyrighted

Skydive Granny Photograph copyrighted

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A grandmother of four decided to take the plunge and complete a skydive in aid of the charity that helped her retain her sight.

Jean Boyd, of Dartford Road, Dartford has raised almost £1,500 for the Macular Disease Society after jumping from a plane at 14,000 feet on Sunday.

The adventurous 79 year old, who last year went on a microlight flight, completed her jump at Headcorn 
airfield.

She said: “It was pretty scary. It leaves you breathless, quite literally, but when the parachute is pulled and you are gliding down it is really spectacular.

“I was diagnosed with macular disease two years ago. I went to my optician and he said go to my GP which I did. The next day I heard something about the society on the radio and called them and was told to go to A&E straight away.”

Her eyesight is restricted, but she is still able to drive and read a newspaper.


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