Skydiving OAP jumps at chance to raise cash for cancer charity
You won't find many pensioners jumping out of planes — but Belfast man Trevor Taylor took to the clouds for a charity skydive in memory of his wife.
The 76-year-old leapt into the void on a two-mile freefall to raise money for the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, as well as the hospital itself.
Mr Taylor's wife Elizabeth passed away in 2010 from follicular lymphoma.
The excellence of the treatment and support his wife received during her illness prompted Trevor to raise funds for the Friends of the Cancer Centre charity.
His brave skydive raised £2,000, with £1,000 going to Friends of the Cancer Centre and £1,000 to Ward 6 in the South Tower Block of Belfast City Hospital, where his wife was treated.
“The nurses, doctors and staff on Ward 6 were just so good,” Mr Taylor told the Belfast Telegraph.
“My wife was too weak to go to the hospice so she had to stay on the ward and they looked after her so well. She was there for quite a long time, from November 2009 until her death in March 2010, and the nurses were so good to her that I felt I had to give something back.
“I have the happiest memories with Elizabeth, we were married for 47 years and she was the best wee girl in the world.
“I just wanted to do my bit, the whole thing made me feel so humble.
“It's not a huge amount of money but it will hopefully help.”
Trevor was a lorry driver for 30 years, and has always been a fan of trains, planes and automobiles.
He is now a keen aviator and is a member of both the Ulster Aviation Society and the NI Aviation Group.
The plucky pensioner admitted to always having wanted to go skydiving, and wasn't fazed by the experience.
“I'd do it again tomorrow, I'd do it every day,” he laughed. “Sure it's only 13,000 feet!
“I wasn't scared at all. I have a twisted spine and a bit of chest trouble, but that didn't bother me.
“I’d like to first and foremost thank everyone who so kindly sponsored me.
“I know Friends of the Cancer Centre will put the funds to good use.”
l If you would like to raise funds for Friends of the Cancer Centre, you can contact the charity on 028 9069 9393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraising ideas, inspiration and charity information can be found at www.friendsofthecancercentre.com