Skydiving was the best, says Geoff, 81

PUBLISHED: 13:44 07 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:44 07 November 2013




A Littleham octogenarian, who has raised £1,500 for a children’s hospital while plummeting 15,000ft at 140mph, says it was the ‘best experience’ of his life.

Three generations of the same family – Geoff Roberts, 81, of Capel Lane, son-in-law Richard Glover, and Geoff’s grandson Simon Glover, a qualified skydiver – jumped to raise the money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Geoff, who is a devoted member of Littleham Church, is raising money for the London hospital, which wants to open a new operating theatre.

He said: “I would have been happy with £800, but it now looks as though that figure might double. At the last count the total was more than £1,500 and it is still coming in.”

The former retained firefighter and pilot said he was ‘exhilarated’ and added: “As a pilot I’m used to spins and loops. I really thought you would never get me out of a plane.

“It was a gorgeous day and the view was fantastic. You could see the Exe estuary and as far as Taunton. You could see the beauty of God’s creation.

“At one point I saw a rainbow and I indicated to the person with me if we could go closer to the cloud.

“It was the the best experience of my life. I loved every second of it and would love to do it again.”

He added: “I’m not sure my son-in-law enjoyed it quite as much – he had been on the Jameson’s the night before and the chap he was with had him doing some spins and rolls!”

You can support Geoff’s fundraising efforts for Great Ormond Street Hospital by calling 01395 274962 or go to

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