A brave Asfordby woman is set to jump out of a plane from about 13,000ft today (Thursday) to raise money for the armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
Grandmother Joan Williams (66) is taking on the challenge with 20 others including a woman from Melton.
Fearless Joan, who will be doing her tandem jump at Langar Airfield, has been attending Melton’s Welby Lane Mission Church for about 28 years and is one of the team there. For many years (1993-2003) Joan also worked at Asfordby Post Office before her retirement.
She said: “One of my sons, Glenn, is in the Army and has been to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Kosovo and Macedonia. I’m just thankful he has come back fully fit and in one piece. He had some friends, in particular one man he served with, who was killed. Glenn could have been killed or injured so I just wanted to do something to help those less fortunate.”
Joan added: “I’m very excited about the jump which has been on my bucket list. Most people couldn’t believe I’m doing it because on the whole I’m a very quiet person. I don’t come across as adventurous but I do like a bit of adventure now and again!
“I’m a tiny bit nervous about jumping out of a plane but I love flying and I’m looking forward to seeing the view.”
Joan’s three grandchildren Hayden, Imogen and Rowan will be travelling up from Wiltshire to watch her jump as well as other family members being there to give their support.
Joan has paid out of her own pocket to do her jump, with all of her sponsorship going to Help for Heroes.
Anyone who would like to sponsor her can give her a call on (01664) 813512.