Published: May 31, 2010
Plucky Burnham pensioner, 73, completes second parachute jump

A 73-year-old pensioner from Burnham-On-Sea raised over £550 for charity when he completed a second parachute jump on Friday (May 28th).

Malcolm Hill, pictured, leapt out of a plane at 13,000ft after a friend, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, was refused medical permission to make a jump of his own, leaving the vacant space.

The jump took place on Friday at Netheravon in Wiltshire, the headquarters for the Paras.

"It was just as exhilarating as the first jump," he told Burnham-On-Sea.com. "It was a beautiful day on Friday, but the cold winds meant I could hardly feel my face!"

"We free fell for about 45 seconds and then the parachute opened and we did several wheels before gliding down to the earth - it was fantastic!"

Malcolm raised £565 from the jump, which will go towards fighting Parkinson's disease and he thanked his "wonderfully kind sponsors."

Malcolm is an active member of the Royal British Legion, and was presented the Lord Lieutenant's Award in 2009.

He did his first parachute jump last September for both the Royal Marine Association and Help For Heroes - as pictured at the top of this page.

 


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