Daring Vicky enjoys the dive of her life

skydiver Vicky Minnikin
skydiver Vicky Minnikin

Mum Vicky Minnikin readily admits she is scared of height – and sometimes she is just a tad wary about Christmas gifts from her loving husband, Stuart.

In the past, he has presented her with a flight in a hot air balloon and a flying lesson.

skydiver Vicky Minnikinx

skydiver Vicky Minnikinx

Last Christmas he went one better – and booked a sky dive.

“It was something I’d always wanted to do but never dared,” said Vicky, of Park Road, Barnoldswick.

Sons Kieron (17) and Declan (12) had their doubts whether Vicky (42) would take the plunge, but she took her courage in both hands and jumped from 15,000ft. for charity.

“I thought if I have to do it, I’ll do it for charity,” said Vicky. To date, her scary dare has raised £750.

The money is being divided between Bosom Friends and Manorlands Hospice, Oxenhope, where Stuart’s mother and aunt were cared for before they died.

“I was hoping for £500, so £750 is marvellous and even more is coming in” said Vicky, the manager of Althams Travel in Skipton.

“The boys were very impressed. They didn’t think mum had it in her.”

Vicky made her tandem jump in clear blue skies above Cockerham, near Lancaster, and paid an additional fee to climb an extra 4,000ft for a 120mph free-fall lasting a full minute.

Stuart and mum Joyce Hargreaves, who also lives in Barnoldswick, were at the airfield to see Vicky’s leap. “I’d do it again. And mum said she’d do it as well,” she said.

Even so, Vicky is wondering what treat Stuart has in mind for a surprise this Christmas. “I draw the line at potholing,” she said.

To contribute toward’s Vicky’s charity total go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/VickyMinnikin