World Record Breaker at 101 Years of Age
Verdun Hayes has recently become the oldest person in the world to skydive - at the age of 101 and 38 days. He broke the record along with three generations of his family at an airfield in Devon. He has wanted to do the jump since he turned 90 but was previously talked out of it by his wife who has since passed.
The family were raising money for the Royal British Legion, a charity close to Verdun's heart having served in the army during the second world war. Speaking of the war, Verdun says: “How I came home from world war two I do not know. I was so near to the edge of everything. I lost any amount of friends in no time at all really. I just didn’t think I would ever return home.”
Verdun hoped to raise £1,000 and has already beaten his target - the current total stands at more than £1,600.
This is the second time the great-grandfather has completed a skydive having tried it first when he was 100 years old, breaking the British record for the oldest skydiver. However, that was not enough for him and he was determined to beat Canadian Armand Gendreau who previously beat the world record in 2013 aged 101 and 3 days.
As he touched down, the former Royal Signals lance corporal said “hooray” and added that he was feeling “absolutely over the moon” at completing the challenge.
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