Norman, 88, takes the plunge

Norman McFadyen
Norman McFadyen

AN 88-year-old daredevil took to the skies in aid of charities that have helped him in his fight against cancer.

Pensioner Norman McFadyen defied his age to take part in a skydive at Peterlee Parachute Centre and hurtle towards the earth at more than 100mph.

He was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago and regularly gets hormone implants to fend off the disease as it is too far developed for chemotherapy.

But that did not stop the Newcastle man fulfilling an ambition at Shotton Airfield while raising cash for St Oswald’s Hospice, in Gosforth, and the Prostate Cancer Charity.

His daughter, Michelle Hilling, was there to see her dad’s brave stunt.

The 41-year-old, who owns U Salon in Gosforth, said: “It was brilliant. I’m very, very proud of him.

“He got a big round of applause when he came back and really enjoyed the whole experience.

“I asked him if he was scared, he said ‘terrified’. He did so well.

“We must thank everyone at the centre who couldn’t have done more to help. They were all excellent.

“I’ll be telling everyone about it through my business and encouraging more people to use the centre.”

Amy Wilson, fundraiser at St Oswald’s Hospice added: “Doing a skydive at any age is a huge achievement, but to do it at 88 is massive.

“It just goes to prove that you can do anything you want to, no matter what your age.”

You can still donate to Norman’s cause by visiting