Suzhy overcomes fear for animals

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A veterinary nurse has her feet firmly back on the ground caring for sick animals in Spalding after jumping 14,750 feet from a plane.

Suzhy Winfield – who works at Vetsavers and writes a column for the Guardian’s sister paper, the Lincolnshire Free Press – decided to take up the Dare for Pets tandem jump in aid of the Blue Cross charity, which helps sick, injured or homeless animals.

Friends went along to Sibson Airfield in Peterborough to watch her and give her some encouragement.

As well as raising money to help animals the skydive was a personal challenge for the former show jumper, having had two back operations after a bad fall from her horse 16 years ago.

Suzhy said: “I freefalled for about 8,000 feet at 140 miles an hour, before the parachute opened and I floated down.

“When I landed I was shaking life a leaf. It was exhilarating, but let’s just say I won’t be taking it up for a hobby.”

Suzhy said she was delighted to have raised £1,200. She said: “I’d like to give a big thank you to all who sponsored me and also who came to watch. The support was overwhelming.”

You can still support her by visiting and typing Suzhy Winfield RVN in ‘find a friend’.