Worthing grandmother skydives for charity

Liz Goodenough skydiving with instructor Del
Liz Goodenough skydiving with instructor Del

A 70-YEAR-OLD grandmother took on a terrifying 12,000ft skydive to raise money for a Worthing charity.

Liz Goodenough, of Heathfield Close, Tarring, jumped out of a plane above Ashford on Saturday to raise £367 for the Worthing Society for the Blind. Liz said she was not nervous until she saw the solo skydivers jump out of the plane before her.

“I just thoroughly enjoyed the experience,” she said. “I’m still buzzing from the adrenaline, and I would do it again in a shot!”

The inspiration for the jump came when Liz saw the challenge advertised in the Worthing Society for the Blind shop window in Rowlands Road.

Liz said: “I’d just had my 70th birthday, and seeing as I didn’t do anything for my 60th or 65th, I thought I would do it to mark the occasion, and raise money for a worthwhile charity at the same time.

“My sons were very nervous about it, they didn’t really want me to do it because they were so worried. But I have never thought of my age as a barrier. You are only as old as you feel!”

Liz said if the opportunity arose again, she would choose to raise money for St Barnabas House hospice.

“I lost my husband to cancer and they were fantastic,” she said. “Next time, they would be my charity of choice.”