Action Gran! : Daredevil great-great grandmother takes to sky in her first paraglide for her latest hair-raising challenge for charity

September 30, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Daredevil great-great gran June Ridgway fulfilled her life-long ambition to paraglide – AGED 90.

The fearless pensioner, who suffers from macular degeneration and struggles to walk after undergoing a hip-replacement, took part in the event for charity.

Despite her age, June has undergone a catalogue of thrill-seeking challenges over the last 20 years including scuba-diving, wing-walking and learning kick-boxing.

June, who lost her husband 15 years ago, embarked on her charity challenges after she drew up a bucket-list when she retired from her job at a carpet factory.

June Ridgeway, 90, from Kidderminster, Worcestershire (SWNS Group)

June Ridgeway, 90, from Kidderminster, Worcestershire (SWNS Group)

June, who has three grown-up children, ten grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, completed her paraglide in Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Northants., on September 19.

She said: “I absolutely loved it.

“I was really excited to do the paraglide. I’m quite an adventurous person and I’m quite fit.

“A paraglide is something I have always wanted to do. I’ve done everything else I wanted to do so I thought I would try that. I want to carry on doing things like this for as long as I can.

“It was very exciting. I wasn’t nervous at all. In fact, the guy up there with me, who was lovely, said he was more nervous than I was.

“It was wonderful. I felt like a free bird in the air. It was great.

90-year-old great great grandmother June Ridgeway paragliding to raise money for Blind Children UK (Leavesley Aviation / SWNS Group)

90-year-old great great grandmother June Ridgeway paragliding to raise money for Blind Children UK (Leavesley Aviation / SWNS Group)

“I think everyone should give it a go. They will love it.

“When I turned 60 I thought ‘I have got ambitions and I’m going to go for them’. I had never been abroad or learned to drive and I have done all of those things now.

“I have ticked paragliding off my bucket list now too and it was great fun.

“I’m as fit as a fiddle despite a hip replacement.”

June, from Kidderminster, Worcs., raised around £1,000 for Blind Children UK.

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