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Retired railway worker takes to the skies for charity
9:00am Thursday 27th June 2013 in News
RETIRED Stourbridge railway worker Ken Lloyd never forgot the kindness showed to him by West Midland Ambulance Service paramedics when his wife Glen died suddenly in January.
So the 66-year-old from Hatfield Road, showed his appreciation by performing a sponsored sky dive for them.
Ken admitted: “I’d never done anything like this before in my life. All my friends thought I’d gone completely crazy.”
But Ken kept his word and duly went through with his feat which he enjoyed so much... that he’s doing it all again.
He said: “I got such a buzz out of it, that I’ve already agreed to do another sky dive at the end of August.”
Ken took to the air at Hinton Skydivers Club near Banbury along with his 42-year-old son Peter.
He plans to do the next one with 23-year-old grand-daughter Emma and said: “It was her idea in the first place, so she can do one this time.
“I was thrown in at the deep end. I had just 20 minutes training beforehand when they showed you how to land - that was it.”
Ken raised the money after getting friends to sponsor him at the Hadcroft pub in Grange Lane, Lye Town Football Club and Kingsford Caravan Park.
He added: “The paramedics did everything they could for my beloved Glen. This is my way of saying thank you to them.”
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