A 74-YEAR-OLD grandmother is hoping to raise money to restore a crumbling church tower – by jumping out of a plane from nearly three miles up.
Maggie Blaydes, of Plumpton Avenue, Mexborough, is raising money to go towards a £45,000 target to save Brampton Christ Church tower.
She will jump from a plane at 15,000ft while strapped to an instructor from an airfield in Brigg, Lincolnshire, on October 22.
But the grandmother-of-two, who used to work for South Yorkshire Police, is taking it all in her stride.
She said: “I’m not much good at baking cakes so I just thought, why not?
“I’m not that nervous about it because you are strapped to someone else.
“I’m most looking forward to the view once the parachute deploys.”
Mrs Blaydes said she was inspired to do the jump by fellow Mothers Union member Sheila Barnes, who did a skydive recently to raise £3,000 to pay for holidays for disadvantaged children.
She said: “I’ve fancied doing a skydive for quite a while but after Sheila did it I thought now is the time.
“She is the same age as me and I’ve had all the medical checks so I’m sure everything will be fine.
“Its an old church tower and could be made to look really nice.”
Church secretary Gloria Sherburn said: “It is a very unusual way of raising the money but we are all so proud of her for taking the challenge on.
“The church tower needs re-pointing and some of the brick work needs replacing.
“We are hoping the skydive will kick off the fundraising campaign.
“We are giving ourselves 18 months to raise the money and we are confident that we will achieve our target.
“The church is a lovely old building and dates back to 1855. It is very much part of the community and is very well used for a number of events.
“We would like everyone to help get behind it and raise the money for the church tower.”
Sponsorship forms and a donation book has been opened at the church for anyone who would like to make a donation.
Alternatively, contact Gloria for more information on how to donate on 01709 873210.