Giant Leap For High-Flying Maureen

Giant leap for high-flying MaureenA brave grandmother hit the heights for a Hampshire children’s charity with a 10,000-ft sky dive.

Novice free-faller Maureen Bennett, who works for care home operator Colten Care in Lymington, took to the skies above Old Sarum airfield near Salisbury.

She was strapped to an instructor who guided the descent and together they reached a speed of 120 mph before their parachutes opened.

Maureen, 61, who has seven grandchildren, said: “I have always been petrified of heights and I wanted to conquer that fear by making the sky dive. It’s one of those things I wanted to do before I die along with getting over my lifetime fear of water by learning to swim. I wasn’t nervous about the dive but I was excited. The free-fall part was for 5,000ft and the most terrifying thing I have ever done but once the parachute opened it was absolute bliss. I am so pleased I did it.”

Maureen, who lives at Langley village near Fawley, is a purchase ledger clerk at Colten Care’s head office.

She praised the generosity of colleagues who have helped her raise more than £540 in sponsorship.

“They knew I had never jumped before and to have their support was really encouraging,” she added.

The charity, Wave 105 Cash for Kids, supports local children who are financially, socially, emotionally or physically disadvantaged.

Colten Care runs 19 care homes across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. Its services include residential, nursing, respite and dementia care. The family-run group is determined to set the highest standards in all aspects of care of the older person.