Daredevil Dot thrilled at skydive success

A thrill-seeking granny who took a 13,000 foot leap of faith to raise money for the charity which supported her husband through his final days has thanked everyone who sponsored her after raising £3,300.

Daredevil Dot Booley, of Holton, jumped from a plane in the skies above Beccles to raise money for Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund (HCNCF) while marking the sixth anniversary of her husband Peter’s death.

The only downside from the day was that Mrs Booley lost a silver locket containing pictures of Peter, who died of prostate cancer, and her son Thomas, who died of a brain tumour aged 16, during the jump.

She is now appealing to anyone who may find it to get in touch.

Mrs Booley, 67, a retired nurse, said: “It was absolutely amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I can honestly say I wasn’t scared or nervous at all – all I felt was excitement from the moment I first signed up to do it.

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“I am thrilled to bits to have raised so much. It was such a great experience and the people at Beccles Airfield were fabulous. I think they thought I was a bit crazy but I was so grateful they made it such a nice day. It was something I will truly never forget.

“I really wanted to wear the pendant as I wanted both my son and husband to be with me on such a momentous day. I know there is a very slim chance but if someone does find it, I’d love to hear from them.”

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Her sponsorship money will go towards HCNCF’s ongoing campaign to raise £714,000 to build a new information and support centre (ISC) for people in north east Suffolk and south Norfolk with life-limiting illnesses.

The ISC, earmarked for land next to Cutlers Hill Surgery in Halesworth, will bring a full range of holistic services closer to home, including benefits advice, wig-fitting, complementary therapies, help understanding a diagnosis, counselling and bereavement support.

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