10 years ago, east London resident Hilary Oxley was preparing to turn 80 years old, and her family got the outrageous idea of buying the octagenarian a ticket to go skydiving.
Grandmother Oxley had a blast, but this July it was once again time to think of something to get her as she neared the ninth decade of life.
Figuring it went alright before, her two granddaughters decided to run it back—and challenge their evergreen granny to take the plunge a second time.
“You only live once,” she said after the skydive. “The experience is lovely—sometimes when I go shopping I’m more nervous doing that.”
Granddaughters Stephanie and Daisy admitted they were terrified before jumping and the staff at Skydive Headcorn in Ashford, Kent, couldn’t believe how chilled out she was about the situation.
“Never in a million years when I did it when I was 80 did I think I would be here 10 years later,” said Hilary, who admitted the birthday was really emotional, because one family member got her a scratch-off lottery ticket from which she won a paid holiday to Marbella, Spain.
Stephanie admitted it was a prized family moment that would live long in their collective memory.
“It’s amazing for me and my sister… to share that memory with my nan is incredible,” she said.
Though Hilary admitted that two skydives were more than enough for now, she refused to rule out another when she turns 95.
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