Joanne will be taking the charity skydiving plunge

Joanne Thompson from South Elkington took the plunge on Wednesday.
Joanne Thompson from South Elkington took the plunge on Wednesday.

A 40-year-old nurse from South Elkington has decided to tick off one of the challenges from her bucket list and undertake a charity skydive.

Joanne Thompson turned 40 last November and now was the opportune time to do something crazy and jump out of plane at 15,000, all in the name of charity.

She was due to take the skydive on Thursday, but it was called off due to worsening weather conditions and is hoping to do the challenge today (Wednesday, September 3).

Joanne said: “Doing a skydive is something I’ve been wanting to add to my bucket list and after I turned 40 last year, I thought now was the ideal time to take the plunge.

“I haven’t flown for six years, so jumping out of a matchbox sized plane is a little but daunting for me.

“I am raising sponsorship for two causes close to my heart.

“I am firstly raising funds for Cancer Research UK as I have personally known survivors and sadly some losses too to cancer and I hope during my lifetime, we will see a breakthrough in cancer cure and prevention.”

“The other organisation is The Ark Animal Rescue and Retirement Home because I admire all they do for our four-legged (or less) friends. I have self-funded the skydive, so all the money I raise will go straight to these two causes, every penny counts.”

Sponsor forms for Joanne’s skydive will be around until September 10, from McLeods in Bridge Street or P Baines and Co in Eastgate or Muddy Paws Country Store in South Elkington. Or sponsor her via her JustGiving page: http://www.just

Joanne has raised £340 for The Ark and £290 for Cancer Research so far.