A pensioner is to take the plunge for a second time to raise cash for another good cause.

And this time he’s flinging himself out of a plane from a further 5,000 feet above the ground.

Malcolm Cooper will be 74 when he makes his second sky dive in June.

The grandfather isn’t your typical thrill seeker but after his first dive two years ago, he can’t wait to do it again.

And he will again be raising cash for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Brackenhall.

Last time Malcolm raised £1,200 for the Hospice after completing a tandem skydive from 10,000 feet. This time he hopes to leap out of the plane at 15,000 feet.

He became involved with the fundraising efforts for the Hospice while attending regular sessions of the West Riding Woodcarvers’ Association which meets regularly at All Saints College, Bradley Bar and in Shepley,

The Association chose the Hospice as their annual charity and also donated a stunning carved panel for the Brackenhall building.

On June 8 Malcolm will be back at Hibaldstow airfield, Lincolnshire, taking the plunge for the hospice which provides palliative care for children with serious and terminal conditions.

Malcolm, a retired lorry driver from Dewsbury, decided to help Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice (FMNCH) during an open day at the hospice.

He said: “It was just amazing when I first left the plane.

Malcolm Cooper
Malcolm Cooper
 

“You don’t get a sense of falling at all. You free fall for 26 seconds then the parachute opens and it’s just amazing.

“When I heard FMNCH was doing some parachute jumps I didn’t take a lot of persuading.

“When you see those little souls at FMNCH it makes you want to jump out of a plane for them.

“I hope I can raise as much as possible.”

Malcolm says he hopes to continue skydiving for good causes well into old age.

He said: “Every one that I do I have to get the doctor’s permission. It just depends on my general health which – touch wood – has been quite good so far.

“At the moment I don’t see why I shouldn’t do it.

“People say I’m crazy but it’s crazy in a nice way considering where the money is going.”

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