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Patrick Harris, of Hampstead Garden Suburb, in skydive for the North London Hospice, Finchley
For most people the thought of plunging from the sky would leave them weak at the knees - but not for one 82-year-old daredevil.
Patrick Harris, of Abbeyfield House, Hampstead Garden Suburb, is preparing for a skydive to help raise cash for the North London Hospice.
Having spent more than half his life travelling to and from America, Scotland and Ireland, where he was born, he is accustomed to planes and as a retired steeplejack is not scared of heights.
He said: “I’m not nervous and I’m really looking forward to it. It won’t be like anything I’ve ever done. I imagine being up in that plane will be exhilarating.
“Some people say I’m crazy and others say I’m a hero but I don’t think I’m any of those things. It’s just one of life’s experiences, isn’t it?
“I won’t let a thing like my age get in the way. It will be such an adrenaline rush.”
The father-of-one has no health problems but will need to be checked over by a doctor before he can be given the go-ahead.
He was reluctant to tell his only son, Sean, an actor, about his charity feat until nearer the time to avoid him the worry.
Mr Harris decided to take on the skydive after hearing about the “fantastic work” the hospice, based in Finchley, does.
He has not yet set a target for how much he wants to raise, but is appealing to the public for donations.
He added: “I suffer from bouts of depression so I find getting out and doing things for charity really helps. It’s win win - it benefits everybody.
“Hopefully I’ll have the time of my life up there.”
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