DESPITE having a fear of heights and reaching an age when most people are taking it easy, Lyme Regis resident Ania Driver has raised £1,000 for the Royal British Legion by joining the Red Devils in a free fall parachute jump.
She made the jump at Brize Norton on Tuesday after going on a crash diet to be fit enough to complete the fall.
Ania, a former Royal Navy nurse who is a volunteer at the Town Mill, is an active member of the Legion’s Lyme Regis branch.
Branch chairman Ian Marshall, a former officer in the British Army, was full of admiration for Ania after she landed safely.
He told LymeOnline: “Ania’s free fall jump has been a massive personal achievement for her as she has overcome a number of personal hurdles and in doing so raising over £1,000 for the Royal British legion Poppy Appeal.
“She particularly wanted to do the jump this year as her way of recognising the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One and to commemorate the memory of her late husband Terry, who served in the Royal Marines.
“The Royal British Legion supported their family during Terry’s last few years.
“We in the Lyme Regis branch of the Royal British Legion are immensely proud of Ania in all that she has achieved. Well done Ania.”
There is still time to donate to Ania’s cause by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aniaspoppyappealskyjump