Daredevil pensioner celebrates 90th birthday by paragliding for pet charity

A pensioner has ticked an item off her bucket list on her 90th birthday - by going paragliding.

Fearless Connie Smith took to the skies in southern Spain in aid of her favourite pet charity, PDSA, on October 26.

The 90-year-old was hoping to go wing walking but she exceeded the age limit of 75.

Connie, of Grantham, Lincolnshire, was supported by her son, Pete, and her daughter-in-law, Jane, who both live in Spain.

She said: "Everyone thought I was completely mad, but it was an absolutely fantastic experience. I enjoyed every second.

"I didn't feel scared at all, I just took in the beautiful scenery around me."

Connie said she had started supporting PDSA when she was seven years old and is hoping to raise €283 from her paragliding attempt.

She continued: "I'm a big animal lover and have always supported PDSA.

"I have a cat and know how important pets are, particularly as you get older."

Rosie Gibbons, fundraiser at PDSA, who will celebrate their 100th birthday on November 17, said: "Connie is a true inspiration - her bravery is truly remarkable.

"We are incredibly grateful to Connie for going above and beyond to raise money for sick and injured pets."


More in this Section

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern announces pregnancy

The one trick that can help you deal with interruptions at work, according to science

More Rohingya flee to Bangladesh despite Burma repatriation deal

Texas inmate apologetic before execution for killing four women and girls


Lifestyle

The biggest cancer killer will take your breath away

Hopefully she had an idea...

Power of the press: Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks discuss 'The Post'

More From The Irish Examiner