A WOMAN has given back to the charity that helped her family in their time of need by taking part in a hair-raising skydive.

Fearless fundraiser Sally Raw-Rees, now living in Congleton in Cheshire, has raised more £900 for Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin by turning her dream of always wanting to fall from the sky into reality.

With the help of Skydive Tilstock Freefall club Sally jumped from a plane in a tandem skydive at 10,000 feet giving her 30 seconds of freefall at Tilstock Airfield in Whitchurch.

Sally’s motivation to carry out her daring wish was inspired by the support her mother received from the Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin Information and Advice service when her father passed away.

Struggling with her recent bereavement and confused by her new financial situation her mother turned to the charity for guidance.

“Age UK Shropshire has been a listening service for our family," said Sally. "They helped my mother to take control and access the help she needed to move forward with her life."

Speaking after the skydive, Sally said: "What a fab experience thanks to Skydive Tilstock and Tony who safely got me to the ground.

"Thank you to everyone who sponsored me, I had such a fab time."

Through Sally’s wish to thank the charity for their help, her skydive has resulted in more £900 being raised via her JustGiving page.

Heather Osborne, chief executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, said: “We are delighted to see Sally take on something so extraordinary and exhilarating in support of older people, we send huge thanks to Sally and all her family and friends who supported her fundraiser.”