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Local woman takes to the sky to celebrate 90th birthday

Photo: PDSA

A thrill-seeking charity fundraiser has celebrated her 90th birthday in style with a hair-raising paragliding trip.

Connie Smith from Grantham in Lincolnshire, ticked paragliding off her bucket-list all in aid of her favourite pet charity, PDSA.

She took to the skies in Southern Spain, where her son lives, enjoying the breath-taking coastline.

Credit: PDSA
Credit: PDSA

Connie insists she was never worried about the experience and claims her original birthday plans were much more extreme:

I actually wanted to go wing walking but the age restriction was 75 so I wasn’t allowed!

– Connie Smith

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. My son, Pete, and my daughter-in-law, Jane, came along with me and they said I was smiling like a Cheshire cat on my way down. I know they were proud of my big achievement and they want to have a go themselves now!

– Connie Smith

Connie comes from a line of long-living families, whose mother and aunts lived well into their hundreds. She’s hoping to make it to a ripe old age too, and so far, she’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Connie is a true inspiration – her bravery is truly remarkable. We’ll be marking our 100th year anniversary with a year of celebrations and fundraising, so we are incredibly grateful to Connie for going above and beyond to raise money for sick and injured pets.