Volunteer Wyn takes the plunge for St Margaret's Hospice

Somerset County Gazette: Wyn Gifford with her instructor. Wyn Gifford with her instructor.

SEVEN weeks before her 80th birthday, Wyn Gifford made the ultimate leap when she skydived from 15,000 feet to raise funds for St Margaret’s Hospice.

As a volunteer for St Margaret’s Hospice Langport shop, Wyn has a good reason for supporting the charity.

She said: “What an exhilarating experience.

“I was a bit scared as I left the plane and felt the rush of bitterly cold wind as I descended at 200mph.

“It was a weightless feeling and I thought I had come out without the instructor so I prayed hard.

“Having no reference points at that stage it felt like flying on my own.

“But then as the parachute canopy opened above me it was the most serene and lovely feeling. I could see the wonder of the world below with great views for miles around.”

Wyn made her skydive with St Margaret’s Hospice Langport shop manager, Rachel Gamble who said she felt terrified before and during the jump, but, afterwards said: “Sailing under the canopy was exhilarating.”

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