War veteran, 92, raises £6,000 in parachute jump

Jack Watson.
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DARING veteran Jack Watson’s parachute jump at the age of 91 has netted thousands of pounds for charity.

The pensioner, from High Barnes, performed the stunt at Shotton Airfield, near Peterlee.

And it has been revealed that more than £6,000 was generated for Action on Dementia Sunderland.

The organisation is one of the Mayor of Sunderland’s chosen charities for his year in office, and the holder of the position, Coun Stuart Porthouse, will be at the group’s annual general meeting next week.

Jack decided he would take the leap from 15,000ft to honour his wife Norma, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, and those who work for the charity.

The pensioner travelled at speeds of up to 150mph after jumping from the aircraft.

Chairman of Action on Dementia Sunderland, Ernie Thompson, said: “Jack’s efforts have so far raised £6,000 and every penny, along with any other donations and income we’ve received, will be used to help people within the boundaries of Sunderland. The money reaches those who suffer from dementia and to support their carers, who can face a real struggle to help their loved ones.

“It can be a very lonely experience for many carers and we are here to give them support too.”

The AGM takes place at The Place in Athenaeum Street at 2pm on Tuesday.