Two Barnstaple daredevils with a combined age of nearly 200 have clocked up thousands of pounds for Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) thanks to their high-flying escapades.
Ray Hales and friend Arthur Bennett visited the charity’s Little Bridge House children’s hospice in Fremington this week to present a giant cheque for nearly £6,000.
Ray, 94, completed a wing-walk, while Arthur, 90, did a skydive at Dunkeswell Airfield near Honiton in July last year.
The ex-RAF servicemen and former Western Power Distribution (SWEB) colleagues have been tirelessly topping up their fundraising since and were delighted to bring a giant cheque into land at the hospice on Thursday.
Ray, who has been raising money and volunteering for CHSW for more than 30 years, including a skydive in 2018, said: “Right from the start all I’ve done is try to help this fantastic charity and I will continue to do as much as I can for as long as I can.”
Arthur, who completed his third skydive for CHSW added: “It’s a fantastic feeling freefalling at 15,000ft and the views of Devon and Cornwall are marvellous.”
As well as the £5,900 they raised for CHSW, the pair also raised a further £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Eddie Farwell, Co-founder and Chief Executive of CHSW said Ray and Arthur’s incredible efforts were appreciated by everyone at the charity.
"What they have done is tremendous and a testimony to the human spirt, to their endurance and to their great sense of fun," he said.
Macmillan North Devon area fundraiser Andy Jones added: “Ray and Arthur are truly an amazing pair. Macmillan Cancer Support really couldn't do what we do, without the energy, efforts and bravery of daredevils like these.”