Parachute jump by Colne woman (70) raises £1,700 for Help for Heroes

Raye Halstead
Raye Halstead

A COLNE woman has raised £1,700 for Help for Heroes after doing a parachute jump - at the age of 70!

Raye Halstead did the jump near Lancaster at the end of February to mark her birthday.

She was accompanied by her son-in-law, Duncan Hammond, with other family members, friends and wellwishers attending.

Throughout her life, Raye has supported a number of charities and worked for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for 36 years.

However, like many people of all ages, she has increasingly been moved by the bravery of our Servicemen and women who defend our nation in various ways in different places.

Raye said she was inspired to do the jump after seeing Gregg Stevenson, the Foulridge soldier who lost his legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2009.

She said at the time: “I have always fancied doing something like this and when I saw Gregg cross the road in front of my car, I thought he seemed a very nice young man. Far from feeling sorry for himself, he was getting on with life with a smile on his face.”

This week, Raye thanked all those who supported her in her fund-raising efforts.

“I have a DVD to relive the event. It was a thrill of a lifetime,” she said.