95-year-old fundraises for Macmillan in 15,000ft skydive!
Keith Stevens, a 95-year-old resident at Silvermere Care Home in Cobham, Surrey, recently became one of the oldest UK skydivers. Angelica Lundekesi, Well-Being and Activity Co-ordinator at Silvermere joined him on his amazing 15,000ft leap.
Asked if he was nervous, Keith admitted that he wasn’t as much as Angelica, saying, “I don’t get nerves!” He added that he wanted to complete another skydive to experience the marvellous views and sensations again. Keith completed his first skydive four years ago in 2016; for this second skydive, Keith wanted to fundraise for his favoured charity Macmillan Cancer Support, and he was happy to have reached his £1,000 target.
Keith remains as active as he was throughout his life. Growing up he enjoyed running, water sports and the gym, and at Silvermere he walks the garden every morning and attends the exercise classes at the home. Angelica commented, “I was anxious on the day, having never done a skydive before, but it was nice to have Keith there reassuring me that I’d enjoy it. Now I’ve experienced it, I’d like to do it again! It was inspirational to see Keith so happy; he was so excited to get back in the air and it was a pleasure to join him for this.”
GoSkydive chief instructor Ryan Mancey, a 10,500 jump veteran, said: “Keith is proof that age is just a number.” Emily Wise, charity manager for GoSkydive, added: “Congratulations to Keith and Angelica for raising money for Macmillan in this way.”
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