Bournemouth Hospital Charity is appealing for others to join 79-year-old daredevil Reg Finan in his 10,000ft parachute jump to raise money for the Trust.
Reg decided to do the jump after seeing a poster while waiting for his friend Marie Jones, who was being treated in the cardiac department. He has already raised the £395 in sponsorship required to jump, and is on course to hit his target of £1,000.
Reg said: “I get a real kick out of helping people and who better to help than my local hospital. I really hope that we can get more people jumping for the hospital on the same day and get some friendly banter going.”
Reg is no stranger to heights having completed paragliding and parasailing in the past, but this is the first time he will take part in a parachute jump. And if he isn’t able to do the jump on the day, his friend, 86-year-old Jeanne Bush, is happy to step in.
Jeanne said “Reg is always available to help Marie and I out whenever and whatever, although I’m secretly hoping that he isn’t able to do it so I can step up in his place.”
Barry Wilson, Fundraising Officer at Bournemouth Hospital Charity, said: “I really hope others follow in Reg’s footsteps and sign up, it’s going to be a great day and with Reg’s humour he is sure to get people in high spirits. Jumping from a plane at any age is quite an achievement, especially at 79!”