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90-year-old goes paragliding to raise funds for animal charity PDSA

Connie Smith, 90, who went paragliding in southern Spain in aid of her favourite pet charity (PDSA/PA Wire)
Connie Smith, 90, who went paragliding in southern Spain in aid of her favourite pet charity (PDSA/PA Wire) NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

A pensioner has ticked an item off her bucket list on her 90th birthday – by going paragliding.

Fearless Connie Smith took to the skies in southern Spain in aid of her favourite pet charity, PDSA, on October 26.

The 90-year-old was hoping to go wing walking but she exceeded the age limit of 75.

Connie, of Grantham, Lincolnshire, was supported by her son, Pete, and her daughter-in-law, Jane, who both live in Spain.

She said: “Everyone thought I was completely mad, but it was an absolutely fantastic experience. I enjoyed every second.

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“I didn’t feel scared at all, I just took in the beautiful scenery around me.”

Connie said she had started supporting PDSA when she was seven years old and is hoping to raise £250 from her paragliding attempt.

She continued: “I’m a big animal lover and have always supported PDSA.

“I have a cat and know how important pets are, particularly as you get older.”

Rosie Gibbons, fundraiser at PDSA, who will celebrate their 100th birthday on November 17, said: “Connie is a true inspiration – her bravery is truly remarkable.

“We are incredibly grateful to Connie for going above and beyond to raise money for sick and injured pets.”