SHEILA Brown could not do the parachute jump she planned – but she still raised £820.
Sheila, of Lindisfarne Road, Bury St Edmunds, has been raising funds for East Anglian Children’s Hospice (Each) for about six years.
She explained: “I decided I would do a sky dive, which at 77 was probably a bit ambitious.”
The parachute authorities decided there was a health issue and stopped her doing the jump, but by then she had signed up sponsors.
“I rang the people who had sponsored me and asked if they wanted the money back or not to pay,” she said. “They all said ‘no’ – they wanted Each to have it.”
The ex-nurse estimates that she, her two sons, two daughters and five grandchildren have raised about £200,000 for charities. She has been involved with the hospices for 28 years, having started as a volunteer with St Nicholas Hospice Care.
But Each’s West Suffolk fund-raiser Nikki Brown says Sheila’s work for them goes beyond fund raising.
“Sheila’s like my right-hand woman. I’m based in Ipswich and if I can’t get over here she goes to cheque presentations for me. So as well as raising money for us, she saves money for us.”