Sky's the limit
AN adventurous grandmother is taking to the skies to raise money for a charity close to her heart. Pat Cook, 74, of Perrywinkle Close, Barkway, decided she would like to do a tandem sky dive after hearing that her grandson had completed the exhilarating j
AN adventurous grandmother is taking to the skies to raise money for a charity close to her heart.
Pat Cook, 74, of Perrywinkle Close, Barkway, decided she would like to do a tandem sky dive after hearing that her grandson had completed the exhilarating jump while travelling in Australia.
Pat, who has five children, said: "We were talking about my grandson's jump and I opened my mouth and said 'I wouldn't mind doing that'.
"I don't regret saying it in any way though."
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Pat's husband Arthur, known as Nobby for most of his life, had Alzheimer's and died in October 2005.
Pat will be raising money for the Alzheimer's Society.
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She said: "Alzheimer's doesn't kill you - it's all the things that come with it.
"It is just awful to watch someone you love disintegrate before your eyes.
"If something can be done to prevent it or give a better quality of life for longer, then I want to help."
Pat will be celebrating her 75th birthday the day after her jump of a lifetime.
She said: "I've said I don't want presents, just donations.
"Ideally, I'd love to raise £1,000, which is a big figure I know.
"My family think I'm mad. But, they think it's great.
"It's one of those things that you can look back on and say 'I did that'.
"I don't know why I opened my mouth, but I don't go back on what I've said.
"The enormity of everything is quite scary, but I'm so passionate about this now."
Pat, who had the chance to ride in a Ferrari on her last birthday, will complete the tandem sky dive at Chatteris Airfield in Cambridgeshire on July 20.
To sponsor Pat contact her on 07811057420.