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Personalised birthday presents for 80-year-old skydiver?

Personalised birthday presents could be on the cards for one man who is planning to celebrate his 80th birthday with an adrenaline rush.

The Bournemouth Daily Echo reports John Gallacher of Poole intends to mark the occasion with a skydive that will see him leap out of a plane from 12,000 ft.

Mr Gallacher is undertaking the task in April on order to raise money for Help the Heroes, following on from the parachute jump he did for his 70th birthday a decade ago.

"After jumping from 12,000 ft, I will reach 120 mph, which is really quite exciting," he was quoted by the news source as saying, adding that he is "not really going to think about the jump now".

Mr Gallacher is a well-known local figure, having regularly organised strongman events.

At the age of 72, he successfully pulled a 7.5-tonne truck at one of his competitions in Christchurch.

Ellen McDonald of Leeds may have recently received personalised birthday gifts, having seen off cancer five times to reach her 100th birthday.

Article published 31st Jan 2011
Article I.D. 800375527
Published by Adfero

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