Brave Myrtle Green has taken a leap of love to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester.
The 83-year-old from Bognor Regis signed up for the skydive after her late husband, Bill, was looked after by staff when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He died peacefully at home with all of his family around him.
“Marvellous Myrtle” as she has been affectionately nicknamed by listeners to Angel Radio, where she volunteers, completed the 10,000-foot freefall parachute jump on April 7 after a delay caused by bad weather.
She said: “I was a bit disappointed when it was first cancelled but it actually worked really well as my daughter had pre-arranged a visit from Canada so it meant she was able to watch.
“I felt really elated when I came down. I wanted to do it again straight away. As I was waiting I thought I would get nervous but it all happened so quickly.
“Shane, the instructor, told me to get on the floor and the next minute we were out of the plane.”
Mrs Green has now raised over £1,000 for the hospice and is already making plans for her next daring adventure with an abseil down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to raise money for Havant-based community radio station Angel Radio.
“I know it will be more physical, but if I am fit and well I will do it next year!” she said.
To donate to St Wilfrid’s through Mrs Green, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/myrtle-green