A 78-year-old who completed a 15,000ft skydive has raised more than £1,200 for a cancer charity.

Maureen with her tandem skydive partner, Rich. Picture: Skydive.BuzzMaureen with her tandem skydive partner, Rich. Picture: Skydive.Buzz

Maureen Poole was able to send off a cheque to Cancer Research UK for £1,237 this week after completing the tandem dive at Dunkeswell, near Honiton, in July.

The dive saw Maureen reach speeds of over 100mph while freefalling before the parachute canopy opened, but that didn’t phase the Frithelstock Stone resident, who is something of a thrill-seeker.

“I didn’t really get nervous,” she said.

“I thought I might have been a bit, but I wasn’t at all. If I had to go on my own it might have been a bit different though.

“I’m a bit of a daredevil really. I’ve done a zip wire, abseiling down at Hartland cliffs, I’ve also been in a glider, a helicopter and a microlite, which I found more scary.

“When I reach 80 in two years time, my bucket list will have a wing walk, and then I will have done everything I want to.”

It was personal circumstances which inspired Maureen to take the plunge for Cancer Research.

She was given an early breast cancer diagnosis last year after booking herself in for a routine mammogram in Torrington.

The breast cancer screening programme invites women between 47 and 73 years of age to have a screening, but those over the age of 73 are not invited automatically.

Maureen said it’s important that those over the age of 73 still book screening appointments.

“People can forget to arrange one, or might think they are fine, but it is so important,” she said.

“I think it’s a shame it gets stopped once you get over the age of 73, because it can save a lot of lives.

“Fingers crossed I’m doing OK, but you don’t know for sure until you get the all clear.

“There are a lot of people who are benefitting from the research Cancer Research is doing, but there are still cancers that it would be lovely if they found a cure for.”