Patricia Baker marked her 90th birthday in style this weekend by jumping out of an aeroplane to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice.
The Farington great granny turned 90 in July and decided to take on the daring challenge but due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, she had to wait till this weekend.
Pat has always liked the idea of doing a skydive but never got the chance when she was younger:
“My friend had her 90thbirthday a week before me, in July. She was telling me about her ‘bucket list’ of things she was going to do and asked what mine was. I said I’d not really thought about it, so I had a think and decided to do one big thing instead.
“I have always wanted to skydive, but it just never came up over the years. I’m not frightened of heights – I’ve been up in a hot air balloon and paragliding before but I’ve never been to 15,000ft so this will be a new experience.”
Pat is a grandma to six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, she is splitting the money raised between Derian House and Hillside specialist school in Longridge, which supports her great-grandson Max.
She wanted to support local causes and appreciates the great work the local children’s hospice does:
“I wouldn’t do this for myself, but I thought I’d like to do it to raise money for children. I wanted to do it for Derian House because the children there don’t get to have a full life like I’ve had and I think the work the staff do is fantastic.”
Pat’s daughter, Carole from Penwortham, was not shocked when she heard of her mums skydiving idea:
“We’re really proud of mum for doing this. When she told us her birthday plans I did think she was crazy, but I wasn’t surprised. It’s typical of our family to do something like this!”
Caroline Taylor, Communications and Marketing Manager at Derian House, was full of praise for the daring granny’s fundraising efforts:
“We see some truly amazing fundraising challenges here at Derian House but what Patricia is doing is simply inspirational. What a legend!
“At Derian House we look after more than 400 babies, children and young adults with life-limiting illnesses, making sure they get the very best care and have the opportunity to create precious memories with their families.
“It is only down to the generosity of supporters such as Pat that we are able to offer this service and on behalf of all of our children and their families we are truly grateful.”
Pat completed the skydive on Sunday 4th October and at the time of writing has raised nearly £2000 which smashes her original target of £500.
You can still help Pat raise as much as possible by donating to her Justgiving page here.