IS it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s daredevil pensioner Brenda Backhouse soaring through the air on her latest fund-raising adventure.
The 83-year-old supergran, of Victoria Street, Yoxall, took to the skies above the Derbyshire Peak District in a 40-minute tandem paragliding flight in the hope of securing big-name sponsorship to help her set up her own charity.
Mrs Backhouse said the charity, called Save Our Soldiers, will help members of the armed forces who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
She said: “I loved it and I thought I was in my element.
“We took a few steps back then ran forward and before I knew it we were up in the air.
“We just went up and made ourselves as small as possible so there’s less wind resistance.
“We were high up and the wind was rushing past.”
The octogenarian adrenaline junkie, who has previously appeared on television for fund-raising stunts such as skydiving and abseiling down city centre skyscrapers, said she wasn’t nervous ahead of the flight.
She now hopes her challenge will have grabbed the attention of East Staffordshire firms which will back her charity plans.
Companies she has written to include Marston’s, JCB, Pirelli and agricultural firm Barrett Contractors.
She said: “They should give support because our soldiers are prepared to fight and work for us in our name.
“This is all for our armed forces because they represent us in the best possible way by risking their lives.
“Some of them desperately need help. Those with physical wounds are looked after but those with post-traumatic stress disorder are overlooked.”
She added that helping former servicemen is a cause which is close to her heart as her father fought in the First World War.
Anyone who would like to sponsor her or help her set up the charity can get in touch by emailing Brendabackhouse@btinternet.com