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90 year old Stan skydives for HIOWAA

Pictured L-R, Doctor Matthew Kerton, Stanley Full, Specialist Paramedic Critical Care John Gamblin, Captain Stu Mayor, Captain Nigel Thompson. Image by HIOWAA

As Stanley Full was approaching his 90th birthday, he knew he wanted to do something special to mark the occasion.

So Stanley, from Andover, surprised his loved ones when he announced he would be jumping 12,000ft from a plane for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance on Sunday 22nd April.

He told HIOWAA “I served for thirty years in the Royal Air Force, so the prospect of flying wasn’t scary to me; just the jumping part! But I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend everyone to try it once. I chose to support Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance because I really admire the crew and all they do for the community.

Stanley decided to do his skydive challenge at Swansea Airport with his grandson, Matthew Oakley, and son, Peter Fall (three generations in the air at the same time).

Thanks to the generosity of his friends and family, Stanley smashed his £800 target and has so far raised over £2,600 for HIOWAA!

Community Engagement Manager at HIOWAA, Ian Browning, said “Stanley is an inspiration to us all! He has shown true bravery and spirit by taking part in this skydive challenge for us and we’re all in awe of him. The money he raised will help to keep our Air Ambulance flying and saving lives, we cannot thank him enough.”

Stanley visited the HIOWAA Airbase in Thruxton on Friday (25th May), to present the cheque and meet the Critical Care Team.

He witnessed the HIOWAA aircraft, Helimed56, fly in to land from an earlier emergency call out, saying “It was a joy to see and the kit they carry is very impressive.”

You can also join the Skydive challenge this June and go to Stanley’s JustGiving page.

You can find out more about the HIOWAA at www.hiowaa.org.