75-year-old Lois raises £1500 in sponsored paraglide

Southsea resident, Lois Marshall, celebrated her 75th birthday by taking a leap into the unknown and paragliding 1000 feet over the South Down to raise money for local people affected by cancer.

She was the first person to take on our brand-new sponsored event, which is open all year for all you daredevils out there! By asking friends and family for sponsorship, she raised £1500 which will help to fund free, local and personal wellbeing support across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

Lois said:

“I started doing sponsored charity events when I turned 60. Wondering what to do for my 75th, I noticed Wessex Cancer Support’s paragliding challenge. Like many of us, I’ve known lots of people whose lives have been affected by cancer, so I thought this year I’d pluck up my courage and paraglide to raise money for them. It was absolutely brilliant and I loved every minute. You’re never too old to take on a new challenge!”

Jess Marshall, our Events and Challenge Fundraiser, said:

“We all want to say a massive thank you and well done to Lois for embracing this challenge from the minute she signed up. She’s been an absolute joy to get to know and has put so much effort into raising this incredible amount to support local people affected by cancer. I hear from her instructor that she was calm and patient and had a great flight, even taking the controls at one point!”

You can still donate to Lois’ challenge by clicking here.

Albatross Paragliding offers tandem flights at several locations throughout Hampshire and Dorset. If you sign up through us by clicking here you’ll receive a 70% discount on your registration fee. With your permission, your instructor will record your flight from an aerial camera and the edited footage can be purchased for £20.