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JUMPING out of a plane has been a life-long ambition for Joyce Rushton.

And now, aged 80, Joyce is finally being given the chance to do it.

80 year old Joyce Rushton is looking forwards to her charity parachute jump to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.

80 year old Joyce Rushton is looking forwards to her charity parachute jump to raise funds for The Rowans Hospice.

The great-grandmother, from Plymouth Road, Southsea, will be parachuting from a plane on September 7 and will finally get to cross it off her bucket list.

Joyce will be supported by her daughter and her husband, her granddaughter and her great-granddaughter who are travelling down from Liverpool to see the jump.

With less than a month to go, Joyce is buzzing.

She said: ‘I cannot wait. I’ve wanted to do it for a very long time but I’ve never had the opportunity.

‘However a few weeks ago, I saw it advertised with The Rowans Hospice who had places for people to do it.

‘So, I asked if I could join them and they said yes.

‘After a health check by my doctor, I was accepted and now I am just counting down the days.’

Joyce added that there have only been two things that she has wanted to do her whole life – jump out a plane and go on a helicopter ride. After September 7, she would have achieved both.

She said: ‘I’m very much looking forward to it.

‘We have to get there at 8am in the morning so my grandson and I are driving down the night before to stay in a hotel.

‘I’ll be nervous on the way there but I have never done anything like this before so I won’t know what to expect, although I’ll probably get an inkling when we do the training beforehand.’

Although she is now retired, Joyce has been keeping herself busy by playing the organ for her church and helping out at a nursing home.

‘It has taken me so long to do something like this because I have had a busy life,’ she said.

‘But I am happy I have been given the chance to do it.

‘Most people are calling me mad for doing it but they have all been very supportive too.’

Joyce needs to raise a minimum of £400 which will help pay for the sky dive but will also guarantee money goes to The Rowans Hospice.

To make a donation, email Joyce at joyce.rushton@gmail.com.