Fearless 90-year-old Margaret Waugh, from Dumfries and Galloway, has raised more than £2,000 for Alzheimer Scotland by completing a sponsored skydive.
Having taken on a sponsored zip wire the previous year Margaret decided that she needed to up the stakes and wanted more of a challenge than throwing a fundraising tea party in aid of the charity.
Margaret chose to raise funds for Alzheimer Scotland after the daughter of a family friend developed early onset dementia and she noticed the impact it had on their whole family. She really felt for them and It made her realise that although the person with dementia is often well cared for, there is a need to have support in place for the family too. Alzheimer Scotland offers support to people with dementia, their families and carers so Margaret felt it was a worthy cause.
Brenda Waugh, Margaret’s daughter was with her on the day of the skydive and said:
“My mum was very laid back on the day itself. She was smiling the whole time. I was a little bit worried as you never really know what can happen but I tried not to show it. The weather on the day of the jump was beautiful which was very lucky as it hadn’t been so nice in the days leading up to it.
“From start to the finish mum seemed to take it all in her stride. The staff at the Black Knights Parachute Centre were very good with her. They talked her through everything and made sure she was well taken care of. When she landed we went and got a bacon roll together then on to visit some friends. Afterwards we received a video of the jump so we can relive the excitementagain and again..
“Mum says she would do it all again and has plans to take on new challenges this year with talk of a possible wing walk in 2020. I have no idea where her ideas come from. Funnily enough, I remember talking to my mum about maybe doing a skydive myself when I was younger and her telling me it sounded a bit dangerous!”
Pictures courtesy of Black Knights Parachute Centre.
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