JOYCE Hughes jumped out of a plane from 14,000 feet in the air – all in the name of charity.
For the 75-year-old from Ludlow it was just the latest in a list of feats for the adrenaline junkie.
Since retiring, Joyce has been on countless other adventures, including parascending in Cyprus, flying in a hot air balloon and walking on a glacier in Canada.
However, it will take a lot to top her tandem skydive. Despite a stormy forecast, the weather remained perfectly clear, and Joyce was able to enjoy the spectacular view.
“It was absolutely fabulous and I enjoyed every second,” she said. “I'd do it again in a heartbeat.”
Also doing the jump was Joyce’s daughter Meg making it a special kind of family double.
The incentive for Joyce was not only to take advantage of her good health, but to raise money for Ludlow Assembly Rooms where she is a dedicated volunteer. Already Joyce has raised an estimated £500 which will go towards the venue’s running costs.
She won’t be resting for too long though. Joyce already has her sights set on north Wales where, later this summer, she will ride the longest zip-wire in Europe with her daughter and grandchildren
There are still opportunities to sponsor Joyce via www.ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk or by calling at the box office where there are collection points available. Joyce has also set up a Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/Joyce-Hughes2