A PENSIONER has successfully jumped from a plane and ran 10km to raise more than £3,000 for charity.

Christine Renshaw, from Appleton, chose to complete the hair-raising events in support of Kidneys For Life – a charity close to her heart.

In 2014, the 70-year-old donated one of her kidneys to her son James after he was diagnosed with incurable IgA nephropathy, which she says has ‘given him his life back’.

And after finishing her fundraising adventures, Christine said she was ‘humbled’ to be able to donate £3,259 to an organisation which has helped her family over the years.

“I never expected to raise so much considering my target was £2,500, and it was lovely to have exceeded that,” she said.

“Everyone has been so generous in their donations, and the whole fundraising experience has been marvellous.”

Having previously completed the Great Manchester 10k, Christine admitted that she was apprehensive about the skydive in the build-up – but was really looking forward to it on the day.

And she was joined in the plane by the 16-year-old son of the surgeon who performed her transplant operation five years ago.

“I really loved the skydive, which was wonderful – it felt like I was floating back to the ground rather than falling,” she continued.

“It felt like 95 percent of people said I must be mad throwing myself out of a plane, but the handful of people who had done it before said that I would love it and would want to do it again.

“That’s exactly how I felt when I finished as it was such an amazing experience.”

Christine also completed the Great Manchester 10k with James and her husband George.

“We love taking part in the run and it is great to experience the atmosphere around the city and to see local people lining the streets to support the runners,” she added.

Although stating she has no plans for any future fundraisers, Christine added that she will continue to donate to the charity.

Her daughter, Helen, will continue the family’s fundraising however as she takes on the Wiggle Manchester Half Marathon later this month – again raising money for Kidneys for Life.