Great Grandmother Skydives For RNID Fundraising

Posted on: 14 April 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Courageous and active 78-year-old Barbara Riddle has inspired many with her breathtaking 10,000 feet high skydive to raise funds for the RNID.

A 78-year-old fearless great grandmother has jumped into action to help RNID change the world for deaf and hard of hearing people with a skydive from 10,000 feet over St Andrews.

Barbara Riddle from Knock, Aberdeenshire hopes her adrenaline-boosting tandem skydive at an airfield near St Andrews raises more than £400 for the national charity.

Barbara, who has 20 great grandchildren, is no stranger to hair-raising adventures, having jet-skied, bungee jumped, white water rafted, paraglided and climbed a volcano during a trip to Australia and New Zealand last year.

“I love having a go at all kinds of so-called ‘terrifying’ activities," says Barbara. "As far as I’m concerned, age shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying physical challenges and it was just fantastic experiencing the sensation of flying like a bird."
Skydive for charity“I encourage everyone to think about what they can do in life and urge anyone looking for a fantastic, breath-taking experience to just give skydiving a go and raise some money for a good cause.”

To sponsor Barbara’s skydive for RNID, visit Money raised by Barbara and others who skydive for RNID will help fund projects and services that improve the everyday lives of deaf and hard of hearing people.

If you’ve been inspired by Barbara’s story, you can find out about RNID skydiving by visiting, emailing: or telephone Caroline Jupe on 0845 634 0687.

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