Grandma With Grit: World War Two Nurse Goes Skydiving For Her 100th Birthday Present

By Gil Cohen | Friday, 20 May 2022 05:15
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Raymonde Sullivan took a tremendous leap on her 100th birthday.

The England-born centenarian determined she wanted to celebrate her milestone birthday with a skydive over Port St. Lucie, Florida.

She was trussed by a professional skydive instructor from Skydive Sebastian, a skydiving company found in Florida’s Indian River County – which is approximately 45 miles north of the port city.

Sullivan’s tandem jump was caught on video by the pro skydive team and showed the pair diving a considerable distance before the parachute was deployed. The Atlantic coast can be seen from the southern Florida drop spot.

"I’ve done a lot of things in 100 years so I thought I must do it while I can," Sullivan expressed, according to Newsflash, a video licensing company.

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The mother of four, who is described as the 'matriarch' by family members, has six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

She reportedly conveyed the experience as "scary," but she stuck it out after coming up with the birthday celebration two years ago.

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Fox News Digital contacted Skydive Sebastian for comment.

The skydiving company typically conducts dives from a jump altitude that’s between 13,500 and 15,000 feet, according to a FAQ webpage. Each free fall lasts "approximately 60 seconds."

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Newsflash briefed about the fact that Sullivan is a World War II veteran nurse. She served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, where she treated wounded British soldiers, according to Click Orlando.

Skydiving has become a popular centenarian celebration. The thrilling activity has been done by another World War II veteran in 2017, a Seattle resident in 2018, and two California men, who leaped over Santa Barbara in 2014 and the city of Perris in 2015, respectively.

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The Florida resident, who is originally from England, also received good cheers from relatives back home.

'If James Bond was cast as a lady, suggest we just saw a cracking good candidate!

'Well dun Auntie Ray from Leigh, Anita, Frank, Jan, and all families in the UK. What a lady! Happy Birthday, gal!' a family member wrote.

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