A CARE home daredevil has jumped out of a plane and fallen 20,000ft at 120mph to raise funds to help those affected by cancer.
Sarah Geggie decided to take on a skydive before leaving her job at The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, Northumberland.
As part of the Hill Care Group, the home is joining dozens of others across the north in raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2019/20.
Sarah, a former senior carer at The Oaks, decided to take part in one last fundraiser before leaving to become a mental health nurse.
The skydive was second on her bucket list to achieve following her 40th birthday earlier this year – after completing the first, a zip slide, in November 2018.
She took on the skydive with four friends and was also supposed to jump with her partner, who was unable to take part on the day but aims to complete the daring feat at a later date.
Sarah said: “I was so nervous in the three days prior to the dive. So much so I couldn’t sleep.
“I was really excited on the day but a little disappointed that my partner could not jump with me.
“I was pleased I went first, as I thought I might not be able to do it after watching others. I felt like a new woman afterwards. It was exhilarating.
“I was a bit bruised, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely won’t be doing it again though.
“This is two things now off my bucket list, having completed the zip slide last year for the home.”
Sarah raised over £250 with her skydive, with half the money going to Macmillan Cancer Support, which provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.
The other half of her sponsorship money will go into The Oaks Care Home residents’ fund, which helps towards day trips for those living at the home.
One of those, Elsie Patterson, asked to see Sarah’s video of the jump after she came back to work. Elsie said: “I was very impressed. It looks very exciting.”
Ann Mielnik, home manager at The Oaks Care Home, said: “I think Sarah was so brave to do this. I hate heights and I take my hat off to her.
“The funds will go to a very worthy charity and also to support the residents Sarah has helped care for during her time at The Oaks.
“Everyone at the home wishes Sarah all the best in her new job as a mental health nurse and we look forward to hearing more about her bucket list adventures in future as we’re sure she’ll keep in touch.”