Flora takes the plunge for cancer charity

Flora Dargie, who raised more than �1,000 with a tandem skydive.
Flora Dargie, who raised more than �1,000 with a tandem skydive.

A casual conversation with a workmate led Forfar woman Flora Dargie to take the plunge recently from 10,000 feet in aid of charity.

Flora has raised more than £1,000 for Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s fund for children with cancer by free-falling from 10,000 feet.

It was her first skydive, undertaken in tandem with an instructor, which arose during a discussion with a colleague at Finavon Court care home about unusual ways of fund-raising.

She said: “One of her friends had done it so I thought I’d give it a go. A lot of young people do it and there were around 10 people there that day.”

Despite misgivings, Flora turned up at Errol Airfield on three occasions but unsuitable weather conditions meant the flight had to be delayed. She finally managed to complete the jump last month and said that while she enjoyed the experience, she is not sure she would repeat it.

Flora said: “It was so painful sitting in the plane I forgot the bit I was worried about, which was the free-fall. That was still a bit scary but I had complete confidence in the instructor. The rest of the descent I really enjoyed because the weather was great and I could see everything. It’s something I’d recommend but I think it will be my first and last.”

She raised the money in memory of her granddaughter, who died from cancer nine years ago at the age of 12.

Flora added: “I’d like to thank everyone who donated.”