Anna Wilson, resident at the Kathleen L Thompson Fold in Garvagh, has just completed a charity skydive in aid of Guide Dogs Northern Ireland.
Originally from Tain in Scotland, Anna hasn’t always been a thrill seeker.
“I just wanted something stupid to do before I kick the bucket. I have a bucket list and I one of the things on it was to do a skydive for a worthy charity – so I have been able to tick that off now and I would do it again! It was great. We were at 10,000 feet and next thing I knew we were down. It didn’t phase me going up at all. They were very good and the instructor showed me exactly what to do. Although I did say to my instructor when he was putting my harness on – now I know what a trussed up chicken feels like.
“I was having a think and I thought; ‘Well a guide dog is useful to people’ and I do know someone locally who is awaiting a guide dog, so I’m glad I chose it.”
So far Anna has raised an incredible £1,600 from her skydive at Wild Geese in Coleraine and her Just Giving remains open for new donations.
It costs the charity an estimated £54,800 to support each guide dog from birth to retirement, so the generosity of the general public is always greatly appreciated, as Anna noted; “I was showing the girls at the local deli counter my photos from the sky dive and a man behind me heard and handed me a fiver!”
Gary Wilson, Community Fundraising Relationship Manager for Guide Dogs commented: “What an incredible financial sum and achievement this is. This will go a long way to helping people living with sight loss in Northern Ireland and is proof that we are welcoming of fundraising ideas from all ages! Well done Anna!”
If you wish to donate please visit >> https://justgiving.com/fundraising/annasskydive