Daring Doncaster teen Joe Sealy leapt out of a plane to mark his 16th birthday – after being put up for the challenge by his mum.
Joe swapped cards and a cake for hurling himself through the skies from 15,000 feet – and became one of the country’s youngsest ever parachute jumpers as he hurtled towards the ground.
Mum Nicky watched nervously from the ground as the Don Valley School pupil plummeted to earth, strapped to an instructor.
She said: “I felt a bit bad because it was my suggestion that he could do it for charity.
“He had talked about doing a tandem dive as a present for his 16th birthday and I suggested he could do it and raise some money for Marie Curie Cancer Care at the same time.”
Nicky, who lives on Amersall Road, Scawthorpe, with Joe and husband Richard, is a Marie Curie nurse based at St John’s Hospice in Balby and the jump helped boost coffers by more than £300.
She said: “When I suggested he could raise some money on the back of it, he thought it was a great idea and threw himself into sorting out all the sponsorship forms and getting people to sponsor him.
“When the day came, I was as nervous as anything and kept thinking to myself ‘oh my god, what have I done’.
“I couldn’t watch and was as worried as anything.”
However,Joe was undaunted by his challenge, relishing his training routine before leaping from the plane above Hibaldstow Airfield in North Lincolnshire, a popular parachuting venue.
Nicky said: “He absolutely loved it.
“Fifteen thousand feet is the maximum height you can jump from at that age, but he loved every minute of it. When he landed he was beaming and saying how he wanted to do it again.”
Joe has since been handed a DVD of his jump – and is keen to repeat the dive again soon.
Proud mum Nicky said: “He has always been a bit of a thrillseeker, so it didn’t really come as a surprise when he said he wanted to celebrate his 16th birthday with a skydive.
“He has always loved going on the big rides at the theme parks and things, but this was something totally different and he was so excited to do it.”
He was also following in family footsteps – Nicky also leapt out of a plane when she was 34.
She said: “We think he is one of the youngest people in the country ever to do a skydive because you have to be 16 to do it and he jumped just a few days after his 16th birthday.”
“He has already told us how much he wants to do it again.
“I think we will wait until he has completed his GCSEs and they are all out of the way and then he can get into training and do it all over again.”