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SPONSORED SKYDIVE: Woman to celebrate her 70th birthday with tandem jump for Hemel charity

 Published on: 1st December 2022   |   By: Megan Milstead   |   Category: Uncategorized

A woman will celebrate her 70th birthday by taking part in a tandem skydive to raise money for a Hemel Hempstead horse-riding centre.

Hilary Fox is raising funds for Gaddesden Place Riding for the Disabled, where she has volunteered for more than 30 years.

The centre offers horse-riding facilities and training, as well as equine therapies, for people with disabilities.

Hilary said: “For some people, it can be daunting getting older, and I wanted to turn it around and make it something positive.”

Hilary feels “apprehensive but excited” ahead of the skydive, which was due to take place on November 30 as HEMELnews went to print.

At the time of writing, she has raised more than £1,800 – 93 per cent of her target.

Hilary chose to fundraise for Gaddesden Place to support the “amazing” work they do.

She said: “The people who come [to Gaddesden] get so much out of it and it’s so lovely. It’s so good for their social skills as well as their ability and gives them such a boost to do something like that. It’s lovely to see their smiles at the end and they go home looking forward to the next session.”

If you would like to sponsor Hilary’s skydive, please visit

Gaddesden Place is currently looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, you can email

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