THE real-life superhero of a local care home has done everything she can to ensure that residents aren’t stuck indoors.

Rachael Addy, activities co-ordinator at Deangate Care Home in Mapplewell, is always looking for new ways to support the people in her care.

Just two weeks ago, she donned a Superwoman outfit, dyed her hair and leaped out of a plane for a skydive that raised more than £2,000 .

The funds she raised through her various actions go towards the care home’s residents’ fund, allowing Rachael and her colleagues to take residents on exciting trips like a recent journey to Yorkshire Wildlife park.

Yet, the recent skydive - which saw her face a 15,500ft fall - was probably the most daunting for the woman who has a fear of flying.

Prior to the big day, she said: “I’m terrified of flying, so that is going to be the worst part for me - the actual jump doesn’t scare me as much.”

Afterwards, she added: “There was no countdown, just a little rock and I was hanging out of the plane - next thing we were out and free falling for 60 seconds at speeds up to 120mph.

“I was lucky enough to have it all filmed so the residents could witness the spectacle firsthand.

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“My instructor Jan joined me in waving at the camera and doing Superman poses.

“Then the parachute opened and it was a gentle glide back down to the ground - I immediately went over to the beaming faces of the ladies and gents who joined me for the day.

“I was so overwhelmed I cried, having done what I feared most and for the most amazing group of people I know.”

Rachael had arranged a coach to take residents, staff, family and friends to the airstrip to watch her skydive.

Among them was Frances Smith, 89, who said: “Rachael, I’m so glad you’re back with your feet on the ground.

“Thank you for what you have done but I’m so grateful you’re in one piece.”

Ian Dickinson, 91, said: “I’m so proud of you.

“Everyone here is so proud - thank you for what you have done for us all.”

Rachael Dawson, home manager at Deangate Care Home, said: “Everyone at Deangate Care Home is so proud of Rachael overcoming her fears and for such an amazing cause.

“She raised a fantastic amount for our residents’ fund and we’d like to thank all those who donated, particularly Staincross Methodist Church and Globe Holidays.

“Rachael is always looking for ways to raise funds for our residents so I’m sure it won’t be long until she comes up with another exciting event or activity.”