Age is no barrier for daredevil Ray, 85

Ray Hales, from Bickington, celebrates his 85th birthday in style.

Ray Hales, from Bickington, celebrates his 85th birthday in style. - Credit: Archant

Skydive comes highly recommended – whatever your age!

Children's Hospice South West supporter Ray Hales celebrated his 85th birthday by jumping out of an

Children's Hospice South West supporter Ray Hales celebrated his 85th birthday by jumping out of an aeroplane. - Credit: Archant

A fearless grandad has celebrated his 85th birthday in style – by jumping out of an aeroplane.

Children’s Hospice South West supporter Ray Hales, from Bickington, took part in a tandem skydive from 15,000ft to raise money for the charity.

Ray, who has volunteered at Little Bridge House since the charity’s beginnings in the early 1990s, joked: “I was going to do a parachute jump before by birthday but I thought ’84 is too young to die’ so waited until I turned 85.

“It was an amazing day – very enjoyable. As soon as I got my breath and knew what was going on I could see both the North and South Devon coastline.


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“It was a lovely feeling floating down gently to earth with the lovely views. I would quite happily do it again – it was a great feeling.

“If anyone would like to sponsor me they can call me on 01271 373608 – I’ve still got plenty of sponsor sheets.”

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