Julia’s House volunteer Marie Keane is celebrating her 80th birthday by jumping out of plane.
The daredevil pensioner, who helps out at the Julia’s House Weymouth shop, will be doing a tandem skydive on 16th May – and doesn’t mind admitting she finds the whole prospect rather scary.
“I will enjoy it once it happens but I will probably need a push to get me over the edge. I don’t think I can face jumping without a shove from behind because I don’t like heights at all!”
Despite her fears, Marie is willing to take the plunge in the hope of raising £500 - "but secretly aiming for a thousand" - to support mums and dads with life-limited children who have to be brave every day.
And she is feeling quite confident of making her target: “Because I am 80, I am going for the sympathy vote,” admits Marie. “I am milking my ripe old age for all it is worth!”
Marie has been volunteering for Julia’s House for five years: “I feel very lucky to have had healthy children and healthy grandchildren. Some families aren’t so lucky. I first heard about Julia's House when I spotted some cards for sale at a Julia's House stall I saw at a fair. From then on, I wanted to do my bit and started working in the Weymouth charity shop.
“I love it, it is such an interesting place to work. You meet so many people, make lots of friends and feel like you are part of a team who are really making a difference to these families.”
It is not the first time Marie has taken on an adrenaline-fuelled challenge either – for her 75th birthday she abseiled down the cliffs at Portland.
“I got a real kick out of that. Not bad for a granny with two replacement knees