Parachute jump for gran who is scared of heights

Great-Grandma Catherine Cox is doing a skydive to raise money for a Ugandan deaf school
Great-Grandma Catherine Cox is doing a skydive to raise money for a Ugandan deaf school
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A great grandmother who is too scared of heights to use escalators is preparing to jump 15,000ft from a plane.

And Catherine Cox, 71, of Walton-le-Dale, won’t even be able to hear what her instructor is telling her – because she has been completely deaf since the age of five.

She has been persuaded to take part in the tandem dive by a friend from the Deafway charity in Preston, and the pair hope to raise money for a deaf school in Uganda.

Mrs Cox, who used to work at the Prescription Pricing Authority in Lostock Hall, said: “I can’t use an escalator because it’s too steep from the top, so I don’t know how I’ve ended up agreeing to do a sky dive – I think I must be crazy.

“But I’m excited, really looking forward to it.”

Her daughter Jackie Annand, said: “We were all shocked, because of her fear of escalators and heights, but we’re very proud too that she’s decided to take it on.”

Recently, Mrs Cox, who is deaf because of a congenital problem, has also successfully completed a walk up 235 steps of Worcester Cathedral spire.

She said: “I think I’m getting braver as I get older. I even managed to look out at the top of the spire.”

The sponsorship money raised will go towards teaching children at St Anthony’s School in Uganda.

Mrs Cox said: “I want to help them try and keep the school open for the deaf children. They struggle because everything there is so expensive. “

Mrs Cox, who was taught at Royal Cross School in Preston, before attending Mary Hare School in Berkshire till the 
age of 15, has already smashed her £500 target, but is welcoming more donations for the cause.