Nana's leap of faith

Nana's leap of faith

14 August 2014

A grandmother from Washington, Tyne and Wear, conquered her fears to do a skydive for MRF, and raised a fantastic £931.00 in the process.

Angela Simpson was inspired to complete the challenge after hearing the story of Patsy Rewcastle, who sadly died of meningitis last December, aged just two. Although she did not know the family personally, Patsy’s story struck a chord with Angela, as she has her own two-year-old granddaughter, Molly.

Angela, who has since met the Rewcastles, said: “Jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane might not be everyone's idea of fun, but I chose it as a challenging event with which to raise some money for Meningitis Research Foundation. I wanted to make it count for Patsy Rewcastle's family, whose gorgeous little girl sadly passed away aged two last December, but also as something of a little legacy for my own granddaughter Molly. I wanted her to know that even if you're afraid sometimes you have to stand up and be counted, grab life and do something completely selfless for the benefit of others.

Everyone knew I was petrified and gave me a lot of support. Most of my family came with me on the day and waited so patiently keeping me from going insane throughout the long 9 hour wait in the blazing sunshine. It was only the minute my name got called that the skies turned black and Peterleee Parachute Centre looked like it was about to be overtaken by Sauron in Mordor. A lesser woman might have taken this as an omen from above but after nine hours I still marched Fear Factor style with determination toward that plane and nothing was going to stop me.

The jump itself was as I had imagined, utterly terrifying but outstandingly awesome all at the same time. Free-falling is fast (120mph!) and I can't express how grateful I was for the parachute opening effectively allowing us to take in the view and play with the spinning controls. I landed perfectly and gave a resounding "I did it!" To be honest I really struggled afterwards to keep my emotions under control, I really just wanted to burst into tears with relief and gratitude to each and every wonderful person who donated and supported me on this journey.

I can safely say that it was an unforgettable and amazing experience that I'd recommend to anyone, well worth every single minute to support MRF.”

We are so grateful to Angela for taking on this challenge and facing her fears in memory of Patsy, and would like to send her a big thank you and congratulations.

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Sam Williams
Media Relations Manager

Hi, I’m Sam and I’m MRF's PR Manager.

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