Charity Local News

Adrenaline-loving 95-year-old man preparing for charity skydive

A thrill-seeking 95-year-old man is encouraging others to skydive for charity as he prepares for his second leap of faith since turning 90.  

Stanley Full, from Andover, is eagerly anticipating his second charity skydive on Friday 8 September, having jumped 12,000ft on his 90th birthday in 2018, raising almost £3,000 for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.  

He is once again raising money for the life-saving air ambulance charity as well as The Royal Air Force Apprentices’ Association, The Old Haltonians 

As the plane door flung open on his first jump, Stanley says he felt “apprehensive but excited.” 

He added: “But I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would recommend everyone to try it. Just go for it. There is great sense of satisfaction and achievement in being able to contribute to a good cause – especially when overcoming your fears again at 95-years-old.”  

Preparing for his next jump, the veteran is inspired by the impact the air ambulance charity has on lives across the region.  

“Anyone in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight could find themselves in a situation where their life is in the balance, and only a specialist doctor or paramedic, delivered rapidly by the air ambulance, is capable of saving their life.”  

Keith Wilson, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Director of Income and Engagement, said, “We love stories like Stanley’s. His dedication and generosity is an inspiration to us all and we can’t thank him enough for helping to save lives in the region.” 

Stanley visited the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance airbase in 2018, and witnessed the aircraft 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.” 

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance relies entirely on the generosity and kindness of the public to bring emergency doctors and specialist paramedics to the scene of seriously ill and injured patients throughout the region.  

The Royal Air Force Apprentice scheme was started at RAF Halton in 1922 by Marshal of the RAF Lord Trenchard. More than 40,000 boys passed through Halton gaining an apprenticeship in the various aircraft trades.  

Stanley is raising funds for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and the Halton Apprentices’ Trenchard’s Legacy Appeal – the latter of which is hoping to raise enough money to erect a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to the memory of Halton Apprentices to the substantial contribution they made in the service of their country during the second World War and the aircraft industry in general.   

To support Stanley and his jump, visit: