Frustrating delay for skydiving Melton grandma

Charity skydivers Sheila Compton, Sophie Lewis and Laura Beecham look to the skies EMN-150206-121300001
Charity skydivers Sheila Compton, Sophie Lewis and Laura Beecham look to the skies EMN-150206-121300001
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A grandma who was planning to jump out of a plane at 13,000ft to raise money for charity was left frustrated when high winds meant her skydive had to be postponed.

Sheila Compton (72) was hoping to raise cash for Dove Cottage Hospice at Stathern where she does volunteer work every Thursday.

But she must steel herself once again to do the jump when it is re-scheduled at Sibson Airfield, near Peterborough, on June 24.

She will be accompanied on the skydive by grand-daughter Sophie Lewis, of Melton, who will raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Trust, and her friend, town hairdresser Laura Beecham, who will be jumping in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sheila, of Cranmere Road, Melton, said: “There were 50-odd people waiting to do the jump but they told us we couldn’t do it because of the wind.

“We hung around for about an hour waiting for it to change, it was a nice day but it was too windy, they said.

“I’m not too nervous having to wait another few days to do it.”

To sponsor Sheila you can fill in forms at the Dove Cottage Tea Room or at Melton Golf Club