A LLANFYLLIN woman is to celebrate becoming an octogenarian by leaping out of a plane, raising money for a cause close to her heart.

Jane Jones’s fundraising challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society will take place on Saturday, August 1, weather permitting, at Tilstock Airfield near Whitchurch.

She had been due to take on the challenge on June 27 to mark her 80th birthday but the dive was moved because of the pandemic.

The restrictions have now been lifted, allowing her to take the plunge – although she will only have three spectators because of social distancing requirements.

The reason Jane is undertaking this latest challenge is to raise money for Dementia Research.

Two years after their golden wedding anniversary her husband, Leonard, a local builder, a keen sportsman, lover of music, dancing and socialising, developed dementia.

Over the years Jane has organised and taken part in various fundraising charity events including, walking, cycling, sponsored silence, knitting, ladies’ football and cricket.

Her last event was a driving challenge on Cosford Airfield. Participants could choose from a selection of vehicles and Jane started with a Mini and went up to an articulated lorry.

“The weekend event was great fun for the participants but most importantly raised a huge amount of money for charity,” said Jane.

“I am so grateful and overwhelmed by the generous support I have received and I am determined to reach my target of £8,000, which currently stands at £7,100.”

You can donate online via Just Giving or by cheque payable to the Alzheimer’s Society to: Jane Jones, 21 Maes Myllin, Llanfyllin, SY21 5DQ.