Inspiring Norman takes 10,000ft plunge at 82

Torbay Weekly

Norman Bellamy is planning to celebrate his birthday by plunging out of an aeroplane 10,000 feet up in the air - his 83rd birthday!

Norman, from Teignmouth, is taking on a skydive to raise money for local hospice, Rowcroft.

Norman’s wife, Marion, was supported by Rowcroft after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She stayed in Rowcroft’s Inpatient Unit for three months before choosing to come home to spend her final weeks supported by Rowcroft’s Hospice at Home team.

Norman is aiming to raise £500 to support Rowcroft so that other families can benefit from the compassionate care that Marion and their family received. He will do a tandem skydive on March 26.

Norman says: “Rowcroft makes a difference to everyone they come into contact with. When the nurses came to us, they were such wonderful people, they knew their stuff and they were so understanding. I love them to bits.”

Alison Upton, Philanthropy Manager at Rowcroft, said: “We are all in awe of Norman who is taking on this amazing challenge to raise money for us. It is always fabulous to see people that go out of their comfort zone to have the experience of a lifetime whilst raising money for us.

"Every penny that he raises will enable Rowcroft to provide the very best, tailored, compassionate care to patients and their families in South Devon. Thank you so much Norman!”

If you feel inspired by Norman and would like to take to the skies by doing a skydive or a wingwalk for Rowcroft, please visit or email to find out how you can do it for free.

Or if you are not feeling that brave, perhaps you would like to support Norman in his challenge by sponsoring him at: