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Mission Complete?

Did plucky pensioner Grace Berrington from Thurmaston complete her skydiving challenge, in aid of the BBC Radio Leicester Ruby Rainbow appeal? Listen to our interview!

Meet Grace Berrington - she's 83-years-old and from Leicester. When she heard about BBC Radio Leicester's 40th anniversary and the Ruby Rainbow Appeal she decided that she wanted to help in a 'high flying' way.

"It was absolutely smashing. Everybody ought to have a go at it."

Grace Berrington, Eighty three year-old skydiver

Grace had not been a daredevil in the past, but on Sunday 22 July she found out whether she had it in her to skydive over Leicestershire's countryside... ALL the way down!

Grace describes her experience as absolutely smashing and suggests that everybody ought to have a go at it. She even managed to pick up a toy boy on the day! Grace was strapped tight to tandem instructor Mike Gorman during her 55 second free fall.

Ruby Rainbow Appeal, BBC Radio Leicester's 40th

Record Breaker

To participate, Grace needed to raise £350, but she has already smashed that target by raising a staggering £850, with up to £400 still to come in.

Not only has Grace managed to help the Ruby Rainbow Appeal, it seems that she's also a record breaker! Sarah Staines from Rainbows thinks that the oldest person to have previously sky dived for the charity was in his seventies.


Building up to Grace's skydive she rang in to BBC Radio Leicester for advice on fundraising, insurance and the ins and outs of the jump.

Not many 83-year-olds would even consider the idea of free-falling through the sky, but Grace thought that now was the perfect time to do it.

"Before Christmas I was telling my mates that I want to jump out of a plane, so I thought with Rainbows coming up, that would be a good idea to raise some money."

"I wanted to do something before I get old... this is what I wanted to do for the new year."

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