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Daredevil granny from Haverhill does it for charity

Rose Felloni about to set off for a charity skydive ANL-140406-131827005

Rose Felloni about to set off for a charity skydive ANL-140406-131827005

  • by Anne Wise
 

Great-grandmother Rose Felloni has taken charity fundraising to new heights and raised thousands of pounds from her daredevil feats.

Sixty-eight-year-old Rose, from Sorrel Walk in Haverhill, has done wing-walking on a biplane, a 10,000 foot sky dive and scaled the Sydney Harbour bridge.

Soon she is to do a 24-hour fundraising motorcycle ride and a sponsored walk across the O2 dome in London for charity.

A former lorry and coach driver, who ran RG Transport in Haverhill in the 1970s and 1980s, Rose freely admits she was a tomboy in her youth and enjoys doing fundraising activities because “it’s a good excuse to get out of the housework”.

A mum of three, she has 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and has raised a total of £5,500 for St Nicholas Hospice Care as well as £21,000 for the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. Sadly, Rose’s daughter Deena died of the genetic Prader-Willi Syndrome, which causes extreme hunger, nine years ago.

Rose said she has always been community-minded, and previously worked as an area coordinator for the charity Victim Support before retiring five years ago.

“I’ve walked on fire, done a sky dive but the wing walking was the best – that was amazing.

“For the sky dive, I was with 18-year-olds. I was the only one to land upright and not get a muddy bottom. One for the oldies I thought,” she added.

 

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