Pensioner’s skydive helps raise funds for retirement home


An 83-year-old resident has hit the heights to raise money for his retirement living scheme.

Bernard Berry completed a skydive to raise money for the amenity fund at MHA’s Fitzwarren Court.

“What gave me the idea for the skydive was that it would be a little bit different and would grab people,” Bernard said.

“The skydive was a wonderful experience and I got a big thrill out of doing it. It was an exhilarating experience and every moment was enjoyable. You are in the air then floating down through the clouds after you’ve stopped spinning around. I was concentrating on picking out all the landmarks when we cleared the clouds.

“There was a moment when I thought ‘what have I done’ but that soon went over.

“I would say to anyone thinking of doing it, have a go. There is nothing I have done which has come close to it. It is well worth doing.”

Money raised by Bernard will go towards providing extra amenities at Fitzwarren Court, which have recently included a rose garden and equipment to transfer people from their wheelchairs.

You can help Bernard reach his £1,500 fundraising target by going to:

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