‘Super gran’ presents skydive cash to charity

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A self-styled “Super Gran” has handed over the £10,000 she raised sky diving two-miles high.

Bodle Street Green grandmother Shirley Price conquered her fears for the East Sussex Association of Blind and Partially Sighted People (ESAB).

The cheque was given to Bill Stephenson, chairman of the ESAB Trustees, at the Association’s annual meeting.

The plucky 80-year-old has already raised more than £50,000 for charity by plunging 80 feet during a standing bungee jump and completing a wing walk.

The grandmother of five completed the tandem sky dives along with partially blind David Howell, and blind Paul Millross on September 3.

The dare-devil gran free fell one mile and then parachuted a mile in the jump above Headcorn Airfield in Kent.

She said: “I did it because ESAB is desperate for funds and so I thought I could do a sky-dive for my 80th birthday which was the day before.

“I did a para-sail for my 70th and a wing-walk for my 75th so this seemed a good way to raise money on my 80th.

“But this was much worse than anything I’ve done before. It was great but I actually felt sick by the time I landed because my children asked the instructor I was harnessed to to make it spin, which was horrific.

“The scariest point though was jumping out of the plane, when I was looking out, sat on the edge of the plane, Tat was the scariest thing, but I thought I’m here I’ve got to do it.”

She added: “Paul, David and I are extremely grateful to everyone who supported us so generously with sponsorship. ESAB relies very much on public donations to keep its valuable services going, so we were thrilled that our efforts were so well supported.”

Launched in 1921, ESAB supports 1,700 blind and partially sighted people living in East Sussex. For more information, support and advice visit www.eastsussexblind.org