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Super Sid King completes fifth skydive aged 87
HE’S done it – super Sid King has completed his fifth skydive at the grand old age of 87.
The fantastic fundraiser, of St Peter’s Road, South Ham, Basingstoke jumped out of a plane at 13,000ft above Hinton Airfield, near Oxford.
Sid said: “It went lovely – it could not have worked out better. It was a real buzz.
“Part of the fun is going up in a plane. When you come out of the plane and freefall, that is lovely, then the parachute opens and you are taking in the view all around you. I really enjoyed it.”
On the ground to watch him take his latest big leap was his son Darren King, along with employees at BNEC Ltd, an electrician’s firm in Chandler’s Ford, who sponsored him.
But one person who wasn’t there was his wife Phyllis. As previously reported, she said she was not too happy that her husband took on the skydiving challenge after vowing never to do so again after his last attempt in 2008.
Asked whether he would now attempt a sixth skydive, Sid said: “I am not going to say anything!”
He added that a highlight of his latest skydive was posing for photographs with two people from China, who were also at the airfield, and were amazed by Sid’s achievement.
Sid, who worked in the boilerhouse at the former Park Prewett psychiatric hospital, in Basingstoke, for 41 years, is no stranger to fundraising, having completed five London Marathons and a Land’s End to Basingstoke cycle ride in his time.
This year’s effort was to support Age Concern Hampshire, as Sid believes not enough is being done to help older people who are housebound.
Jemma Saunders, fundraising and income generation manager at the charity, said: “Our perspective on getting older is that it should be a positive experience for everyone.
“Sid’s achievement shows there really is no age limit to taking on a challenge, no matter how big or small.
“We are really, really grateful that he has chosen us again.”