Grandmother to skydive for charity

A Topsham grandmother is throwing herself out of a plane to raise money for a children’s charity.

Judie Frazer Axten, 68, who lives in the High Street, is taking on the 10,000 foot freefall drop at Dunkeswell to raise money for Action for Children.

Judie, who has two sons and three grandsons, is hoping to raise �500 for the charity.

She is no stranger to daredevil stunts, having completed an abseil for Action for Children three years ago.

She said: “After doing the abseil three years ago it was a personal challenge for me to do the skydive.

“I’m looking forward to it at the moment, but I feel there will be some anxiety issues as I get closer to the date.”

Judie is a long-term supporter of Action for Children, and believes in the current climate the charity’s work will become even more important.

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“Action for Children is a leading UK charity which works with local communities to support and help neglected and vulnerable children, young adults and their families.

“They are not ‘in the High Street’ in the same way that NSPCC and Save the Children are, so people are not so familiar with the excellent work they do.

“Following the recent riots, I think there’s going to be quite a significant demand for them to work with families and help them to resolve their issues.

“They have two branches in Exeter as well, so it is a local issue.”

Judie takes to the skies for her jump on September 3. To sponsor her, visit

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