VIDEO: Brave Peterborough pensioners re-write their wills - then jump off a plane

Left to right: Dave Shurlock, Roger Saunders, Rosemary Knight, Keith Allen-Jones, Sue Shannon-Jones, Judy Francis, Meryl Knapp, Iain Wanstall

Left to right: Dave Shurlock, Roger Saunders, Rosemary Knight, Keith Allen-Jones, Sue Shannon-Jones, Judy Francis, Meryl Knapp, Iain Wanstall

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Brave Peterborough pensioners re-wrote their wills while 10,000 feet in the air - then jumped off a plane.

Judy Francis and Rosemary Knight took the plunge as part of Remember A Charity in your Will week (September 7-13).

Judy (78) enjoys living each day to its fullest which convinced her to take part in the skydive.

Being a long supporter of the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Judy had always wanted to leave a legacy in her will.

Judy stressed that the hospice’s need for funding and the fact it means so much to her is what drove her to leave a legacy.

Following the skydive, Judy said: “It made me feel very confident and pleased with myself, I felt I had achieved something.”

Rosemary worked in a hospital for 20 years before deciding to work as a medical secretary for Thorpe Hall, which she did for two years.

She enjoyed working at the hospice so much that she decided to begin volunteering and has now done so for five years.

Having previously taken part in fundraising activities including two half marathons at the age of 64 and 65, and a 25 mile bike ride, Rosemary is no stranger to taking on a challenge and could not say no to a skydive.

What really made her associate herself with Sue Ryder is the incredible care they provide and the feeling she gets from volunteering there.

Rosemary said: “My reward is knowing that I’m making a difference in this world. It’s extremely humbling being around these people and being part of something good.”

This is the sixth year of the wills campaign.

Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, said: “Remember A Charity Week has grown year-on-year and we hope 2015 sees our message continue to reach new audiences.

“Legacy income is currently worth more than £2 billion a year in the UK. If we can grow the sector by just four per cent we could potentially raise an extra £1 billion for UK charities.

“That’s why our mission is to help people realise what a legendary act leaving a gift to charity is and the scale of difference it can make to some of our favourite good causes.”

More: Remember A Charity in your Will Week website