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Gillingham woman to take the plunge at 80

By shill  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

Maureen Pogson, 80, is gearing up to tackle her first skydive

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A Gillingham woman who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 18 months ago is celebrating her 80th birthday by tackling her first skydive.

Maureen Pogson will be taking to the skies over Netheravon, on Salisbury Plain on 26th April to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.

So far she has been sponsored £5,000 to make the jump, but Maureen is hoping to reach £6,000 before the big day.

She said: “What do you do when you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s? Fall over and fracture your scapula like I did? Lie there and feel sorry for yourself? Or say, blow this, I'm going to do something to help fight this pernicious disease?

“At 80, I can't run a marathon or cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats. But as I seem to be quite good at falling, I am going to complete a tandem sky dive. I’ll be jumping out of a plane at 14,000 feet to help raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.

“I’m really looking forward to it. Some people think I’m mad to do this but everyone I’ve met who has already done a jump says it’s a fantastic experience and I just can’t wait.”

Maureen, a grandmother of five, will be supported on the day by her husband Geoff, and other members of her family.

Details on how to sponsor Maureen are at www.virginmoneyraising.com/maureenpogson or phone 01747822167.

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