Parachute jump success for 70-year-old skydiving super-gran Betty

Betty Read is doing a charity skydive. Picture: Ian Burt Betty Read is doing a charity skydive. Picture: Ian Burt

Friday, August 15, 2014
3:43 PM

As she always has, super-gran Betty Read went in with no fear as she leapt from a plane at 15,000ft.

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The Swaffham grandmother-of-two took the plunge to help pay back a chemotherapy unit that has helped keep her alive.

Mrs Read, 70, suffers from a rare form of cancer - mantle cell lymphoma - and has been treated at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for two-and-a-half years.

She had always had a desire to take to the skies and thought a skydive would be the perfect way to help raise money to buy a new chemotherapy pump - used to medicine at an appropriate level.

Mrs Read said: “It went brilliantly. I didn’t really know what to expect coming out of the plane but it went better than I thought it might. If I was going to be scared that would have been the moment but I wasn’t.

“It is quite amazing up there. You can see all the towns and the river. You get a completely different view of things that you can’t see when you are on the ground.”

Mrs Read added that she would consider doing a skydive again but would prefer to try something new if she decides to start another fund-raising scheme. While chemotherapy pumps cost £3,800 Mrs Read has said she will be happy to raise part of that.

She has already shot passed her target of £1,000 and has more money still to come in.

She said: “Some people even gave me money in the day when they heard what I was doing it for. Everyone has been so generous. I had friends come along on the day and it was really nice to see so many people.”

Mrs Read took the plunge at Chatteris Airfield, near March, Cambridgeshire.

To sponsor Mrs Read visit www.justgiving.com/QEHKL-BettyRead

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