Friday 23 March 2018

Skydiver, 82, in 1,128th jump

Dilys Price, 82, and 16-year-old Megan Fears are undertaking a sponsored skydive over Swansea next month
Dilys Price, 82, and 16-year-old Megan Fears are undertaking a sponsored skydive over Swansea next month

An 82-year-old daredevil is hoping to make the record books when she takes on her 1,128th skydive.

Grandmother Dilys Price will take to the skies above Swansea next month with 16-year-old Megan Fears.

The 66 years between the pair will make them the oldest and youngest team to do a parachute jump together.

They are undertaking the daring feat to raise money for autism charity Touch Trust - whose funding was cut by £15,000 last year.

Mrs Price, the trust's founder, admitted she is a little nervous despite being something of a skydiving veteran.

She said: "This will be my 1,128th solo skydive. I'm very excited and nervous but determined to do this jump.

"I've been down to Swansea twice to practice jumping in the drop zone there, as compared to the larger ones I prefer to frequent - hence this will be a challenge.

"But it's worth it, for our lovely guests, so many of whom don't have the money and are isolated. This jump is for them."

The Touch Trust, based in Cardiff, which provides touch-based art of movement and dance programmes for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder or other complex needs.

Last year, the charity expressed concerns about its services after saying it had lost a vital grant from Cardiff Council - which has seen its own budget slashed.

Mrs Price and Ms Fears, whose elder brother Greg has been going to Touch Trust for a number of years, aim to raise £10,000.

"When I found out that Touch Trust was under threat I wanted to do something to help," added Ms Fears.

"As I've always wanted to do a skydive, I thought that this would be a good opportunity to raise money whilst achieving one of my biggest goals. When my mum told Touch Trust what I wanted to do, Dilys suggested we jump together.

"This would make it a record breaking parachute jump with Dilys being the oldest and me, only just turning 16, being the youngest."

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