Skydive to raise cash for Parkinson’s UK

Jane Needham and Zoe Newport
Jane Needham and Zoe Newport

A 68-year-old whose late husband suffered from Parkinson’s disease will be jumping out of an aeroplane at 12,000ft with her granddaughter tomorrow (April 6) to raise cash in his memory.

Jane Needham, who lives in Westham, will be taking on the nerve-racking challenge with her 20-year-old granddaughter Zoe Newport.

Jane said, “I had never thought of doing a skydive before but then I was reading the Parkinson’s magazine and I saw a lady had done it to raise money for the charity. I thought it was something I could do without months of training so it sounded like a good idea.”

Brave Jane says she is looking forward to the jump in Netheravon airfield ,near Salisbury, tomorrow but said, “I am sure when I get to the plane door moment my legs will be like jelly.”

Granddaughter Zoe, who lives in Herne Bay and is training to become a psychiatric nurse, is also nervous about the skydive.

But Jane added, “There is going to be another 20-odd people doing the same thing and I am sure they will all be just as scared as we are.”

Jane and Zoe are taking on the jump in memory of Peter Needham - their much-loved husband and granddad.

Peter died in August 2009 and now Jane and Zoe want to raise money for others who suffer from the condition.

Jane said, “Peter had Parkinson’s for the last four years of his life and it was terrible.

“He was one of the one of two per cent of people who do not respond at all to any medication, so there was no relief at all for him. People should not have to suffer like that.

“There is no cure at the moment but they are making progress and they need money to plough on with research.”

Jane hopes the skydive will raise the profile of Parkinson’s UK and raise much-needed cash. Visit to donate.