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70-year-old fundraising granny faces the sharks

70-year-old fundraising granny faces the sharks

Francis Batt

70-year-old fundraising granny faces the sharks
Jenny Barty

Champion charity fundraiser Jenny Barty, 70, is at it again.

The grandmother-of-one has previously raised money for Thames Hospicecare in Windsor by sky diving out of a plane, walking the great wall of China and crossing the Annapurna region of Nepal at altitudes of 3,200m.

Now she is getting ready to dive with sharks at the famous Blue Parrot aquarium in Cheshire - but first of all she had to learn to scuba dive.

Jenny, of William Ellis Close, Old Windsor, admits she found learning to breathe through a tube underwater terrifying to start with.

But her trainer Tim Walpole soon changed things.

She said: "After my third lesson Tim had me swimming four lengths of the pool, through rings under the water and even sitting in the deep end."

Jenny, who will be diving with the sharks on Saturday, is a former nurse at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea as well as a volunteer at the hospice in Hatch Lane.

She will be joined by ex-staff member Katie Beck and three friends when she dives into the big, 'shark-infested' tank.

As usual Jenny's husband Arthur will be there to cheer her on.

Arthur recently retired as verger at St George's Chapel and used to chauffeur the Queen Mother.

He said: "I was there taking photographs when she fire walked at Burnham Beeches. Unfortunately someone walked in front of me and I had to ask her to do it again -  she did it three times but emerged unscathed and forgave me."

As for the latest challenge he said: "I'm assured it is quite safe as they feed the sharks well every morning. I'm looking forward to seeing it and am thrilled to bits for my wife."

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