Charity gran jumps from 15,000ft

74-year-old Maggie Blaydes, of Mexborough, will be doing a sky dive to raise money for Brampton Christ Church's crumbling tower. She is pictured with fellow parishioners l-r Dorothy Matthewman, 68, of Brampton, church warden Trevor Sherburn , 66, of Brampton, David Sorby, 68, of West Melton, Barbara Doyle, 69, of Brampton, and Ann Vernon, 69, of Swinton. Picture: Liz Mockler S1206LM
74-year-old Maggie Blaydes, of Mexborough, will be doing a sky dive to raise money for Brampton Christ Church's crumbling tower. She is pictured with fellow parishioners l-r Dorothy Matthewman, 68, of Brampton, church warden Trevor Sherburn , 66, of Brampton, David Sorby, 68, of West Melton, Barbara Doyle, 69, of Brampton, and Ann Vernon, 69, of Swinton. Picture: Liz Mockler S1206LM
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A GRANDMOTHER took a leap of faith to raise money for a local church by jumping out of a plane from nearly three miles up.

Maggie Blaydes, 74, of Plumpton Avenue, Mexborough, took the plunge while strapped to an instructor from an airfield in Lincolnshire, last Wednesday. The grandmother-of-two, who used to work for South Yorkshire Police, plummeted from 15,000 ft but managed to make a safe landing.

She raised more than £2000, which will go towards a fundraising campaign to collect £45,000 to save Brampton Christ Church tower.

She said: “It was an amazing experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“Surprisingly I didn’t feel nervous, the instructors make you feel very safe.

“I would even like to do it again, though I don’t think my family would!”