At the age of 90, most pensioners would be putting their feet up. But spritely May Moss had other ideas - and shocked her family when she told them she intended to mark her birthday by jumping out of a plane.
Mrs Moss, from Wortley, was determined to do the skydive in memory of her daughter Linda Rollinson, who died of a brain tumour in 1997, aged just 44.
And last weekend the senior citizen achieved her dream of doing the tandem jump, raising more than £2,000 for two Leeds charities in the process.
“I was a bit scared as the big day approached, but nothing was going to stop me raising money in Linda’s memory, so I put my nerves to one side and just got on with it,” says the fearless 90-year-old.
“The freefall was quite frightening, but once the parachute opened and we were just gliding back to earth it was lovely and peaceful. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I would recommend it to anyone.”
Mrs Moss said she is ‘overwhelmed’ by the support she’s received for her daredevil antics and would like to thank everyone who’s sponsored her.
Donations will be split between Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley and Brain Tumour Research and Support Across Yorkshire (BTRS), a charity very close to the family’s heart.
“We were in shock when our nan announced her birthday skydive and we tried to talk her out of it, but all of a sudden she was going to book and it just happened,” said proud granddaughters Hayley Rollinson and Gemma Craven.
“She does a lot of walking, she does yoga - she’s very active,” they continued. “For her to do it in our mum’s memory, it was really quite special. It’s not something every 90-year-old can say they’ve done. She’s an amazing person for doing it,” they added.
Rotork - where Hayley works - and Asda have also contributed funds to Mrs Moss’s cause.
If you’d like to boost her total, donate by visiting www.justgiving.com/Gemma-Craven2.