LONDON (EON) – To raise funds for an association and beat a world record, a British veteran jumped in parachute at 4500 meters high.
Bryson William Verdun Hayes proves that age has no hold on his courage. At 101 years old, this British veteran jumped 4.5 kilometers high on Sunday to make a parachute jump. Thanks to the exploit, he became the oldest person in the world to have jumped into the void (131 years and 38 days). This former captain of the Royal Corps of Signals then broke the record of Canadian Armand Gendreau, who had parachuted at the age of 101 and three days in 2013.
“Last year’s skydive was an amazing experience,” he said in a press statement. “I must have got a bit of a taste for it, because it just made me want to do it again.”
f he was determined to get the record, the one who is nicknamed Verdun said he did so to raise funds for the Royal British Legion, an association that helps the families of British soldiers. “I do not know how I made it to return unscathed from the Second World War. I was so close to everything. I lost a lot of friends in no time. I did not even think I would come home, “he said at the D’Hiniton aerodrome in Devon (southwest).
“We are very proud of Verdun’s actions and the support of his family to the British forces. […] The money collected will help people and families of several generations, “said the spokesman of the Royal British Legion.
Hayes said he had wanted to try skydiving when he was 90, but was talked out it at the time by his late wife. He jumped for the first time last year at 100.
Hayes served in the British Army during World War II, and was awarded France’s Legion of Honor for his heroic actions.