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Daphne Bernard, 90, in charity skydive over Kent

  • 5 June 2012
  • From the section England
Daphne Bernard's skydive
Daphne Bernard had planned to do the jump on her 90th birthday in May, but it had to be postponed due to bad weather

A 90-year-old woman from East Sussex has jumped 12,000ft from a plane in a tandem skydive.

Daphne Bernard, from Eastbourne, took to the skies above Kent to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society in memory of her late husband, Vic, on Monday.

"It was like diving into icy cold water but once we broke through the cloud, it was absolutely fantastic," she said.

Her daughter-in-law, Tracy Strathern, also took part in a skydive in aid of Eastbourne District General Hospital.

'Perfect landing'

Mrs Bernard undertook the challenge at Headcorn airfield.

She said she was "a little apprehensive" when she first went up in the plane but "it was everything I had hoped it would be and more".

"The landing was perfect, too...I would certainly do skydiving again."

She had planned to do the jump on her 90th birthday in May, but it had to be postponed due to bad weather.

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