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PICTURE GALLERY: It's an awesome skydive for Spalding flight attendant Diane




An easyJet flight attendant from Spalding is celebrating a scary but awesome skydive.

Daredevil mum of three Diane Virden (51) has raised more than £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her husband, Simon, who died from cancer in 2015.

Sunday (May 12) was the closest date to Simon's birthday, which would have fallen on the 13th, and it was the perfect choice for Diane to leap from an aircraft for her first ever tandem skydive.

A leap of faith for daredevil Diane. Photo courtesy: Florine (Flo) Catofana, from UK Parachuting, Sibson Airfield, Wansford, Peterborough.
A leap of faith for daredevil Diane. Photo courtesy: Florine (Flo) Catofana, from UK Parachuting, Sibson Airfield, Wansford, Peterborough.

Against the backdrop of a brilliant blue sky, Diane and her instructor stepped from the aircraft at about 13,000ft.

Diane said: "The skydive was a little scary but after the first 10 seconds I loved it.

"It was just the initial falling out of the plane.

"Once we levelled out the free falling was awesome. We did this for 8,000ft at 120mph and then, at 5,000ft we pulled out the 'chute.

"Once the 'chute was open I could look around and enjoy the view.

"We went round in circles and it was fun.

"The landing was a but bumpy. You have to land on your bottom. It was a bit of a hard landing but again funny.

"I wanted to go back up straight away and do it all over again."

Diane has thanked everyone who donated, and the Free Press for publicising her JustGiving page, which brought in a donations tally of around £700.

Diane's employer was among those who donated directly to the charity, boosting her total to £1,000 plus.

Diane is keeping her JustGiving site open to the end of the month to bring Macmillan as much cash as she can.

To donate please click here.

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Come skydive with me



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