Southwold gran’s big leap in memory of son

Judy Overy (75) is getting ready for her charity skydive in memory of her son, Simon.PHOTO: Nick But

Judy Overy (75) is getting ready for her charity skydive in memory of her son, Simon.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

She is more used to baking cakes to raise money for good causes.

Judy Overy (75) is getting ready for her charity skydive in memory of her son, Simon.Supplied photo

Judy Overy (75) is getting ready for her charity skydive in memory of her son, Simon.Supplied photo of Simon.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

But a 75-year-old grandmother took a leap into the unknown – to raise money in memory of her son, who died suddenly 25 years ago.

Judy Overy, of St Edmund's Road, Southwold, has already smashed her £1,500 fund-raising target for her skydive which she did with her 16-year-old grandson Harry Croft at Ellough Airfield yesterday.

'I do fundraisers for the church, such as baking cakes, but wanted to do something a bit more exciting,' she added.

She said she found the skydive a 'really exhilarating way to raise funds' for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) following the sudden death of her son, Simon, in 1991.

She had been living in Essex when her son – who was fit and healthy and had no signs of illness – was going to college in Chelmsford when he collapsed suddenly and died.

'It was a massive shock,' she said. 'It was almost surreal for me. They couldn't make out what it was. He was a fit young man.'

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She said the skydive had been 'like a sort of celebration' of his life.

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