Buxton woman’s charity skydive raises £1,000 for Blythe House

Christine Tunnicliffe, proving you are never too old to face your fears
Christine Tunnicliffe, proving you are never too old to face your fears
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She may be terrified of heights, but one Buxton woman has conquered her fear by jumping out of a plane and raising £1,000 for Blythe House.

Christine Tunnicliffe celebrated her 60th birthday with a charity skydive and said being 15,000 feet in the air is something she will never forget.

Touchdown for Christine Tunnicliffe after her 15,000ft skydive.

Touchdown for Christine Tunnicliffe after her 15,000ft skydive.

She said: “It was dreadful and terrifying and amazing all in one.”

Christine, of Gretton Road, Fairfield, was freefalling for a minute. She said: “It was the longest minute of my life.

“I was the first one out of the plane and it was so scary.”

After suffering with heart palpations for nine years, Christine underwent surgery last May and the skydive was part of her lifestyle change.

She said: “I got terrified when I was up Blackpool Tower once that I froze, so I wanted to try and tackle my fears head on.”

The former Blythe House volunteer has seen the good work the hospice’s staff do for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Christine chose not to ask for presents for her milestone birthday and instead requested donations to the charity.

She said: “Now they are branching out and doing hospicecare in people’s homes, the charity needs as much help as it can get to continue its wonderful work.

“I know £1,000 isn’t a massive amount to keep Blythe House going long-term, but to me and to all the people who donated it is a lot of money and I am so pleased that I have done this.”