Block A, Centre House
Tuesday 17th April 2012
A pensioner has raised £20,000 for charity by jumping out of a plane to mark his 80th birthday.
Maurice King, from Diss, Norfolk, completed the parachute jump with 45 other people at Ellough Airfield near Beccles, Suffolk, to raise funds for The Freemasons' Grand Charity.
Some 250 spectators turned up to watch the sponsored jumpers take to the sky with their tandem partners on April 12. They completed the jump from 10,000ft for Norfolk Freemasons' 2016 Festival Appeal, on behalf of the Grand Charity.
Maurice said: "That was terrific. It was snowing when we came out of the plane, what a way to celebrate your 80th birthday. We have had very good support and I will do it again on my 85th birthday."
Laura Chapman, chief executive of The Freemasons' Grand Charity, said: "We are simply delighted to hear about this excellent fundraising initiative, what a truly amazing feat.
"We are very grateful that Maurice was willing to jump on our behalf, as well as encouraging so many others to do so.
"The money raised will go towards helping a wide variety of areas such as local hospices, worldwide disaster relief, air ambulance charities and the many other important causes that we support."
The Freemasons' Grand Charity is a grant-making organisation that is funded entirely by Freemasons and their families.
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