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Barbara proves there's life in an old jumper…

For someone who had never flown in her 83 years, Kentish Express reporter Barbara Butcher made a pretty good go of it in Wye.

The oldest female working journalist in Kent became probably the oldest bungee jump enthusiast as she launched herself off a platform 200ft above the village before being bounced around on the cord like a rag doll.

Her daredevil heroics were part of an event to raise money for the Demelza House children’s hospice.

Her own participation encouraged 35 other villagers to get strapped into a harness and throw themselves into space.

Barbara alone raised more than £650 – and the final total should reach more than £5,000.

Puffing on a nerve-calming Superking before climbing into her bungee gear and mounting the crane cage, she said: “I will get to the top of thatmonstrosity, look down and go.

“It should take about two and a half seconds. The only children’s hospice in Kent needs our support. And I’ve been assured Wye firemen are at the bottom to catch me.”

She sported a white and pink polka dot headband to keep her hair out of her eyes for the occasion, and concerned friends looked on as the determined octogenarian was given reassurance from leading firefighter Colin Burden.

She said afterwards: “I’m fine. It was a bit of a jolt, but it wasn’t terrifying. I don’t think I’d do it again though. Quite an experience.”

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