A great-grandmother has completed another challenge on her bucket list by taking to the skies in a Spitfire. Eileen Clipstone from Woodford recently celebrated her 80th birthday, but age appears to be no barrier for this daredevil as she took a flight in a 1944 Spitfire from Duxford.Eileen said: “My husband died last year and he was Spitfire mad, he would have loved it.“He wouldn’t fly, he’s never flown, but he would have loved to go down to Duxford to see me.“I have always wanted to do it, it was on my bucket list.”Eileen has travelled a lot and said she has been on ‘all sorts of aircraft,’ but never in a Spitfire.While she likes the idea of a trip on the Amazon, she says she has done everything else, including seeing the Taj Mahal and the wonders of the world.But taking to the skies above Cambridgeshire in a Spitfire was a brand new experience for her and she loved every minute of her flight on Saturday.The great-grandmother said: … [Read more...] about Spitfire flight is another off the bucket list for 80-year-old Woodford woman
A mum of three from Hawkinge has said she's 'amazed' about the support she has received so far from total strangers after she tragically announced she was creating a 'bucket list' for her son. Draven Jefferies is now eight-years-old, but had a difficult start in life when he was born with no oesophagus and his lungs were attached to his stomach and spent eight months in intensive care.But the distress didn't end there, as a clinician diagnosed Draven with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and a rare gene mutation.The terminal illness means the boy will need to use a wheelchair before his teens.KentOnline recently reported how his mum Jemma Godden, 33, is sharing their story to raise awareness of the condition.Since then, hundreds of donations have flooded in, including money and experience days.The family recently went to Tenerife to swim with dolphins, and last month, Draven was invited as guest of honour to the semi final of the European Grass Track Championships by the Astra Grass Track … [Read more...] about Disneyland ticked off ill youngster’s ‘bucket list’
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 May 2018 Mary Brooks and Wendy Essery are inviting others to join them and skydive for North Devon Hospice next month. Picture: NDH Archant North Devon Hospice is inviting people to knock skydiving off their bucket list by leaping out a perfectly good aeroplane this June. The charity organises regular skydives and age is absolutely no barrier – the redoubtable Verdun Hayes did one for his 100th birthday a couple of years ago. Two people already signed up for the 15,000ft freefall this June are hospice ambassadors Mary Brooks and Wendy Essery. Wendy said: “So many people I speak to tell me how much they would love to do a skydive. I would tell them to stop talking about it and just do it. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have that thrill of the freefall, so if I can do it then really anybody can.” As a North Devon Hospice ambassador, Wendy helps to promote the work of the charity across the area, and is certainly leading by … [Read more...] about Skydiving on your bucket list? Why not do it for north Devon Hospice?
PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 May 2018 Nina Morgan Dying Matters is a national initiative to get people to talk about death and dying. Isabel Hospice has a number of free events during to encourage people to talk about the topic. Picture: Supplied bu Isabel Hospice Archant A Welwyn Garden City hospice is encouraging people to get talking about what many feel is an uncomfortable subject. Isabel Hospice will be putting on a number of free events during May to promote the national awareness week of Dying Matters, May 14-20. The hospice is hoping to help people break the silence on the somewhat taboo subjects of death and dying by asking them to talk about their bucket list. Nicky Wood, who is part of the Isabel Hospice education team, explained: “Talking about death won’t bring it any closer but can make life better. “In 2009, the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) set up the Dying Matters Coalition to promote public awareness of dying, death and bereavement. … [Read more...] about Dying Matters: What’s on your bucket list?
0 Post a comment Wednesday, 25 April 2018 - Local People by The Post @twitter.com/ThePostSeries [email protected] ONE more thing has been ticked off Becky Franklin’s bucket list after she completed the London Marathon on Sunday. Becky, from Trebarwith, completed the race in an impressive time of 5:07:02, bearing in mind she only began training after receiving her ballot place, having never really run before.She said the day was an emotional one and something she had never expected: “Lots of people have said that because it was the hottest London Marathon on record it was really tough, but I actually found it ok. I’ve never been athletic or particularly into sport, I only joined up as it was on my bucket list. I started training for the marathon after I received my ballot place so I was really pleased with my time of five hours!”Becky said she thinks the marathon was made easier for her because of where she lives. She said: “I think it is … [Read more...] about Another thing ticked off the bucket list!