Watch: 'Just fantastic' - 80-year-old go-getter from Nelson skydives for charity


She’s paraglided, flown in a Tiger Moth and gone ballooning, but today’s 16,500ft skydive was something "totally different" for 80-year-old Betty Van Rooyen.

The Cancer Society volunteer and active community member from Nelson took the giant leap today, in order to raise money for those affected by cancer.

"It’s a very good cause. I’ve got a friend who is very sick with cancer so I’m also doing it for her," Mrs Van Rooyen told 1 NEWS.

Nineteen people have signed up to skydive from Motueka, with Skydive Abel Tasman offering free jumps for anyone who is able to raise $1000 for the cause.

Today Mrs Van Rooyen was the first to jump. She laughed off her nerves in front of more than 20 supporters, many from her retirement village community.

Her first words when landing back on solid ground were "just fantastic".

Now Mrs Van Rooyen has plans to tick off her next skydive.. or bungy jump.

Her fundraising page can be found at:

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