78-year-old great granddad skydives for charity

A 78-year-old great grandfather from Penrith has taken part in a tandem skydive to raise money for charity.

Stewart Simpson completed the 10,000 foot jump at the North West Parachute Centre near Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria.

Mr Simpson was raising money and awareness for the UK hearing loss charity Hearing Link.

He took part in his first marathon at the age of 67, and since his retirement in 1999, he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and walked the Inca Trail in Peru.

"Hearing Link recognises the emotional aspect of hearing loss and provides appropriate support and information.

"It is enormously helpful, even for those who have lived with hearing loss for some time and have found their own ways to manage their situation.

"There are always new things to learn and new options and opportunities coming about."

"The fear associated with hearing loss is not often recognised. Nor are the other emotions that can come about when you lose some or all of your hearing - for instance, grief, embarrassment, anger, frustration and isolation."

– Stewart Simpson, Vice President of Hearing Link