A great-grandfather has lived a childhood dream and jumped out of a plane while raising money for charity, remembering his son. Reginald Mills, aged 83, jumped from a plane at 14,000 feet on April 15 after taking off from Langar Airfield in Nottingham.
He did it to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK after his son Darran died of the disease in February at the age of 60. His valiant efforts have raised £1,640 for charity.
Mr Mills, from South Yardley, had wanted to skydive since he was an adult but was denied the opportunity when he served in the British Army. Last November he completed his lifelong dream and in April a second dream followed.
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The former nuclear test veteran, who served on Christmas Island in the South Pacific, said: “It went great, this is the second I’ve done, it was for charity. Losing my son to prostate cancer two months ago, that was real to him.”
His proud granddaughter, Ashlie Coley, said, “He loved every second of it. I’m absolutely proud, he’s our superhero.”
Before the skydive, Mr Mills said, “I’ve waited 60 years to jump out of a plane and now I’ve done it and I’m going to do it again.”
Despite his age, Mr. Mills an active man and a regular at Anytime Fitness gym in South Yardley. He went to the gym for 200 days in a row and earned the admiration of the gym staff who bought him a special Birmingham City shirt with ‘Mills 200’ on the back.