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Brian Pennington who is doing a skydive for Wigan and Leigh Hospice to mark his 80th birthday

Brian gets ready to take the leap with charity skydive for his 80th birthday!

by gemmamelling

An octogenerian from Golborne will leap out of a plane to mark his 80th birthday and raise funds for charity.

Brian Pennington, who turned 80 on 23 June, asked his children to buy him a sky dive experience as a gift to mark his special day.

He will do the sky dive on 1 September at the Black Knights Parachute Centre near Lancaster. Until then, he is raising funds to support people living with incurable illnesses in the care of Wigan and Leigh Hospice.

Volunteer Brian has a history of thrill seeking!

Brian has been volunteering at the hospice’s Golborne charity shop once a week since he retired aged 73 from a job managing sheltered accommodation.

“I started volunteering at the shop after I retired because I have got to have something to do,” he said. “I like meeting people, getting out and about and people come in the shops who I haven’t seen in years.

“Back in the 1970s I did a sky dive at Burscough Airfield and I enjoyed jumping out and shouting ‘Eureka!’. So, a few months ago, when my three children asked what I wanted for my birthday I said I wanted to do a parachute jump again.”

Anna Hart, Retail Manager for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, said: “I’m delighted for Brian that he is getting the opportunity to do another sky dive. I did one myself in June and absolutely loved it.

“Brian not only volunteers his time every week to help other people but now he is raising money so that he can help even more. It’s a wonderful gesture and I hope his sky diving experience is as thrilling as it was the first time.”

Why not sponsor Brian?

All donations are welcome and you can do it online via Brian’s sponsorship page.

Would you like to volunteer for Wigan & Leigh Hospice?

There are loads of ways you can support this great local cause – and you don’t have to jump out of an aeroplane! Find out more about the range of opportunities available.

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