Great-grandmother, 82, skydives for Alexander Devine


Grace Witherden

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A great-grandmother skydived from 13,000ft to raise money for Berkshire’s first children’s hospice.

Dorothy Goodchild, of Woodlands Park Avenue, took part in a skydive on Saturday, September 3 to raise money for the Alexander Devine Children's Hospice Service.

The 82-year-old, who has lived in the same house in Maidenhead for more than 50 years, wrote a bucket list earlier this year.

She said: “It was an ambition of mine to do it.

“My husband died four years ago at the age of 81.

“For some reason, I just felt that I wasn’t going to reach 82, so when I turned 82 in July I thought it was time to celebrate.

“I was really nervous. I didn’t know whether I would go through with it, I don’t remember anything about the jump.”

Dorothy completed her skydive in Northampton and was supported on the day by nephew Stephen.

Dorothy, who moved to Maidenhead after she was evacuated from London during the Second World War, said: “I’ve seen a lot of change to Maidenhead whilst I’ve been here.

“Other items on my bucket list include travelling.”

Visit to donate to her page.


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