In a bid to raise vital funds for the Warren View Manor Sheltered Housing facility in Muff, one Derry Woman is taking the jump of her life.
On Sunday, Marian Molloy, and half of the villiage of Muff, will be travelling to the airfield at Garvagh to take part in a sponsored 13,000 foot parachute jump in aid of the local centre.
Although she has never done anything like this before, Mary was inspired to take the plunge after watching her son take part in a similar jump last year.
“When I watched my son do it last year I just thought it was amazing, and that I would love to do something like that. But I never thought for a minute I’d have the courage to do it.
I’ve never done anything like this before, I don’t even like flying so I don’t know how I’ll get on in the plane going up that high, but I’m looking forward to it at this stage.”
In her bid to raise money, Marian will be supporting Warren View Manor resident Mary Porter, originally from Bridgend, in her bid to become Mayor of Muff during the festival which kicks next weekend.
“All the money that Mary will raise will go towards the centre, I’ve worked here since it opened and it is a fantastic facility but we need more funding. It just needs upgrading, we’re hoping to continue serving meals for the residents and people in the community. There are a lot of older people out there who might live alone and not cook a proper dinner for themselves, if we get money to do this we can provide them with a full meal for just a fiver. Last week we had 38 people come along.”
Marian hopes also the money will go towards a new floor in the living area, to allow them to cater for social evenings and dances.
“Several social evenings we have held have went very well, and come September we’ll have more activities and hopefully a few classes to keep locals and residents entertained.
“We know nowadays we can’t expect to have people hand over loads of money but we’ll be happy with whatever money we bring in, every little helps. Sponsor sheets will be in the local businesses until the jump is over.”