Brave Asfordby grandma Joan’s skydive raises more than £600 for Help for Heroes

The moment Asfordby grandmother Joan Williams courageously left the aircraft with her tandem partner for the charity parachute jump which raised more than �600 for forces charity Help For Heroes EMN-151108-115339001
The moment Asfordby grandmother Joan Williams courageously left the aircraft with her tandem partner for the charity parachute jump which raised more than �600 for forces charity Help For Heroes EMN-151108-115339001
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Grandmother-of-three Joan Williams admitted to panicking a little when she jumped out of a plane at 13,000ft in aid of armed forces charity Help For Heroes.

But the 66-year-old, who lives in Asfordby, enjoyed the experience after the parachute opened and she drifted down to earth at Langar Airfield while strapped to her instructor from the Red Devils Army parachute display team.

Joan Williams (66) and her tandem partner from the Red Devils display team after they landed safely at Langar Airfield EMN-151108-115313001

Joan Williams (66) and her tandem partner from the Red Devils display team after they landed safely at Langar Airfield EMN-151108-115313001

Family members and friends on the ground marvelled at her bravery but they were unaware at the time that it was far from plain sailing for Joan.

She recalled: “I just didn’t like the freefall bit because I felt like I couldn’t breathe - they hadn’t told me that when the air hits your face it is like trying to breathe through glass.

“That panicked me a bit. But once my instructor pulled the parachute open it was absolutely wonderful because you could see across three counties as we came down.”

Joan had around 17 people cheering her on from the ground on Thursday, including her two sons, Glenn and Matthew, husband Malcolm and her grandchildren. She was inspired to take on the challenge in aid of the charity which supports injured service personnel by Glenn, who has served in war zones with the Army.

They all had to wait at the airfield almost six hours for the jump to take place.

“I loved going up in the little plane but I was a little nervous before we jumped out - the noise when they opened the little shutter door was incredible,” said Joan, who worked for 10 years at Asfordby Post Office.

“I have wanted to do a parachute jump for many years but I don’t know if I want to do another one.”

Joan has already raised more than £600 for Help for Heroes and you can add to her total by sponsoring her via her email address at joan.maryw@yahoo.co.uk