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Woman, 88, in second charity dive
Daphne Barson skydiving
Daphne Barson in another skydive three years ago
An 88-year-old woman has plunged 12,000ft (3,658m) in a skydive to raise money for a children's hospice.

Daphne Barson, from Medstead, near Alton, Hampshire, made a freefall tandem parachute jump on Sunday at Hinton-on-the-Hedges in Oxfordshire.

Mrs Barson is raising funds for the Naomi House hospice in Winchester. She made her first jump aged 85 and raised 1,400 for the same charity.

She said: "It's difficult to describe how it feels to jump. I loved it."

Mrs Barson, whose late husband was a World War II pilot, was encouraged to try skydiving by her son, a former civilian parachute instructor.

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