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Graham, 79, skydives for hospice

Graham Creedy completed a skydive in aid of the Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice. By Lee Hellwing.
Graham Creedy completed a skydive in aid of the Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice. By Lee Hellwing.

Graham Creedy plunged 12,000 feet for the Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice and inset in the plane Photo: Nakhon McClay

Graham Creedy, 79, took part in the tandem skydive at the Sibson Airfield on Saturday - and raised more than £2,500 for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice in Peterborough.

Graham, of Uffington, said: “It went very well - I enjoyed it very much. I have never done anything like this before. It was scary at first but I enjoyed it.”

And Graham, a former Royal Navy supply officer, said he may consider doing another skydive in the future.

He said: “I think I might enjoy it more the second time. In a way I think it might be a little bit more less terrifying. I’m not saying I will but I wouldn’t say no.”

Graham, who is married to Vanessa, is a member of the Stamford branch of the U3A.

After he attended a presentation on the hospice at one of the group’s sessions last year he became fascinated by its work.

Soon after the presentation, he went on a tour of the hospice and after seeing how it operates firsthand he was inspired to do a skydive to raise cash for it.

“I was shown the new wing which they built recently - I was very impressed by the facilities and the care they give to people, usually in the last days of their lives,” Graham said.

“I felt I wanted to do something for them - this is what I came up with.”

Graham received sponsorship from friends from across the world in far-off places such as Rome and Canada.


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