Joe jumps for hospice

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A 71-YEAR-OLD from Polegate hurled himself out of an aircraft at 12,000ft for charity. Joe O’Riordan tackled the parachute jump to raise money for St Wilfrid’s Hospice and the Licensed Trade Charity. The jump, which took place at Headcorn Airfield in Kent, was from 12,000ft, freefalling at 120mph for the first 6,000ft.

He presented the hospice with a cheque for £1,035 on September 3. The other donation, which is still being collected, is expected to total about £600.

Joe, who was inspired to make the jump because Rona Martin – the wife of his friend Dick – was cared for at the hospice, thanked all who donated.

“I enjoyed the jump but will not be taking it up for a living,” he added

Pictured: Rona Morton, the wife of Dick, Joe’s friend ,who was cared for at the hospice Elizabeth Baxter, director of development at St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Joe O’Riordan.