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Norfolk’s very own superwoman celebrates 99th birthday with indoor skydive

PUBLISHED: 15:27 02 October 2018

Joan Phillips, a resident at Goodwins Hall, in King's Lynn, celebrated her 99th birthday with an indoor skydive. Picture: iFly Indoor Skydiving

Joan Phillips, a resident at Goodwins Hall, in King's Lynn, celebrated her 99th birthday with an indoor skydive. Picture: iFly Indoor Skydiving

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One woman has proved age knows no bounds when it comes to having fun after she mastered the wind at an indoor skydive for her 99th birthday.

Joan Phillips, a resident of Goodwins Hall care home in King’s Lynn, had her dreams come true on Thursday, September 27 after she was taken to iFly in Milton Keynes.

Despite her delicate age she proved to be King’s Lynn’s very own superwoman after rising a few feet into the air in the vertical wind tunnel, with a little help from an instructor.

Other visitors at the indoor skydive centre are seen smiling and filming Ms Phillips as she swirls around in the wind, which typically reaches around 110mph.

Immediately after the flight, Ms Phillips, who turned 99 in September, said: “It was wonderful, awesome and I just wanted to go higher and higher.

Joan Phillips, a resident at Goodwins Hall, in King's Lynn, celebrated her 99th birthday with an indoor skydive. Picture: Athena Care HomesJoan Phillips, a resident at Goodwins Hall, in King's Lynn, celebrated her 99th birthday with an indoor skydive. Picture: Athena Care Homes

“I wouldn’t hesitate to do it all again. I feel so fit and it feels as if I’ve had a long holiday.”

Goodwins Hall general manager, Joan Agcaoili, who took Joan to Milton Keynes, said: “Joan is an incredible woman and a great example to us all.

“She has such a positive attitude towards life and we wanted to help make her dream come true.”

Goodwins Hall is a part of Athena Care Home (UK) Limited and are a small family run business with care homes Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, including Amberley Hall in King’s Lynn, Aria Court in March and Ashlynn Grange in Peterborough.

Goodwins Hall area manager  Joan Agcaoili with 99-year-old Joan Phillips at iFly in Milton Keynes. Picture: Athena Care HomesGoodwins Hall area manager Joan Agcaoili with 99-year-old Joan Phillips at iFly in Milton Keynes. Picture: Athena Care Homes

Toby Swallow, of Athena Care Homes, said Ms Phillips is planning to go wing walking for her 100th birthday next year, where thrill-seekers are strapped on the wings of a plane as it takes to the skies for a short flight.

“That’s her ambition,” Mr Swallow added. “We’ll be looking to do it in the warmer months.

“If she can go skydiving I don’t see why she can’t go wing walking.”

On whether Ms Phillips has ever considered taking it easy in her later years of life, Mr Swallow said: “Absolutely not.

“She’s an example to us all, she has a fantastic attitude to life, she wants to do as much as she can as long as she can.”


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