Octogenarian to celebrate birthday with skydive

30th April 2019

A daring woman is set to celebrate her 85th birthday from the air – as she takes on a charity skydive.

Grania Joinson, who lives in Malvern, will take to the skies on Saturday, June 8 and is raising funds for St Richard’s Hospice.

The challenge will see her jump from 10,000ft, strapped to a qualified tandem instructor – reaching speeds of up to 120 miles, before being guided to the ground.

“I have always wanted to do a skydive, but I have never known how to go about it,” she said.

After learning the hospice was inviting people to sign up to a skydive, Mrs Joinson decided to take the opportunity to fulfil a long-held ambition to do it while supporting the hospice.

And rather than feeling nervous, she is looking forward to experiencing the country from a different perspective.

“What it boils down to is you have got to think about why you want to do it – which is to see the country from a bird’s eye view,” she explained.

The skydive will take place at Hinton Airfield, Northamptonshire, and Mrs Joinson will be joined by 13 others skydiving for St Richard’s.

“I think hospices up and down the country do brilliant work,” added Mrs Joinson, who has already raised more than £500 for the Worcester-based charity.

The donations raised by the skydivers will support St Richard’s to continue its work caring for patients with serious, progressive illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people across the county.

To support Mrs Joinson’s fundraising, visit

The hospice is already planning its next skydive challenge, which will take place on Sunday, September 8. To sign-up, visit

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