Wednesday , August 23 2017
Thrill-seeker: Great-great-grandmother Amy Cook took on a tandem parachute jump last week with the aim of raising just £500 - but has already smashed the £2,000 mark

Great-grandma marks 90th birthday with a 13,000ft skydive

A great-great-grandmother has marked her 90th birthday with a hair-raising 13,000ft skydive to raise money for charity.

Amy Cook, from Kingston, London took on the tandem parachute jump with the aim of raising just £500 – but has already smashed the £2,000 mark.

The daredevil pensioner, who turned 90 on August 8, said she had always wanted to do a skydive and feared this would be her last chance – but was left unimpressed when she was instructed to remove her false teeth before jumping from the plane.

The funds raised from Amy’s jump went to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, after the hospital cared for her 56-year-old daughter, Jane Fuller, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.

Thrill-seeker: Great-great-grandmother Amy Cook took on a tandem parachute jump last week with the aim of raising just £500 - but has already smashed the £2,000 mark

Thrill-seeker: Great-great-grandmother Amy Cook took on a tandem parachute jump last week with the aim of raising just £500 – but has already smashed the £2,000 mark

Speaking after her jump at the Go Sky dive in Salisbury, the grandmother-of-eight told MailOnline: ‘It was amazing and I really enjoyed it. The only thing I didn’t like was having to take my false teeth out before the jump.

‘I flopped out of the plane and was hit by a force of wind but then it was nice and calm as we slowly went down.

‘It’s something I have wanted to do all my life but my husband didn’t like heights so I never bought it up because I didn’t want him to worry.’

Amy added: ‘My grandson, Tom, did a parachute jump for his 30th birthday last year which gave me the idea.

The funds raised from Amy's jump went to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, after the hospital cared for Amy's 56-year-old daughter, Jane Fuller (pictured right)

The funds raised from Amy’s jump went to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, after the hospital cared for Amy’s 56-year-old daughter, Jane Fuller (pictured right)

The daredevil pensioner (pictured moments before she jump) said she had always wanted to do a skydive - but was left unimpressed when she was instructed to remove her false teeth

The daredevil pensioner (pictured moments before she jump) said she had always wanted to do a skydive – but was left unimpressed when she was instructed to remove her false teeth

Taking the leap: Speaking after her jump at the Go Sky dive in Salisbury, the grandmother-of-eight told MailOnline: 'It was amazing and I really enjoyed it'

Taking the leap: Speaking after her jump at the Go Sky dive in Salisbury, the grandmother-of-eight told MailOnline: ‘It was amazing and I really enjoyed it’

Amy added: 'The only thing I didn't like was having to take my false teeth out before the jump'

Amy added: ‘The only thing I didn’t like was having to take my false teeth out before the jump’

‘It was my last chance to do it and a great way to thank The Royal Marsden for taking care of my daughter, Jane.’

Speaking about her mum’s thrill-seeking challenge, Jane, from Sutton, said: ‘I wasn’t pleased when I found out about what she was planning to do but it’s wonderful to raise money for such a worthy cause.’

Jane, who underwent surgery and radiotherapy at RMH, added: ‘The staff have been wonderful to me and I cannot fault the care I’ve received.’

Describing her daredevil jump, Amy said: 'I flopped out of the plane and was hit by a force of wind but then it was nice and calm as we slowly went down'

Describing her daredevil jump, Amy said: ‘I flopped out of the plane and was hit by a force of wind but then it was nice and calm as we slowly went down’

The great-great-grandmother added: 'It's something I have wanted to do all my life but my husband didn't like heights so I never bought it up because I didn't want him to worry'

The great-great-grandmother added: ‘It’s something I have wanted to do all my life but my husband didn’t like heights so I never bought it up because I didn’t want him to worry’

Amy's grandson, Tom, did a parachute jump for his 30th birthday which gave her the idea

Amy’s grandson, Tom, did a parachute jump for his 30th birthday which gave her the idea

Jane (pictured after her dive) said: 'It was my last chance to do it and a great way to thank The Royal Marsden for taking care of my daughter, Jane'

Jane (pictured after her dive) said: ‘It was my last chance to do it and a great way to thank The Royal Marsden for taking care of my daughter, Jane’

The charity raises money to support The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer centre.

Amy has three children, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

‘Most of them thought it was wonderful but a couple of people think I’m mad,’ Amy said of her family. ‘I’m a late starter – I learnt to swim in my forties and to drive in my fifties.’

To support the great-great-grandma, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/amy-cook11

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