Grandad Tony flies flag for older folk with skydive plan

January 29 2018

TONY Wilson, 81, from Fishponds, is preparing to leap from a plane in support of Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF).


TONY Wilson, 81, from Fishponds, is preparing to leap from a plane in support of  Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF).

Tony will make the tandem skydive at Old Sarum in Wiltshire on Saturday April 14 to mark the silver anniversary of the organisation and draw attention to its work.

His leap comes at a time of uncertainty for BOPF, which is set to lose its city council grant funding From April. The forum says it will continue to operate until at least the end of the year and is looking into alternative funding to secure its future.

BOPF chairwoman Judith Brown said: “BOPF is a member-led charity which has worked for 25 years to promote the voices, involvement and influence of older people. Our aim is to see that every older person in the city is an equal, valued, participating member of the community who can influence the decisions that affect our lives. We want to break down stereotypes of elders as passive, incapable and dependent, because many older people are active, capable, and independent, and with our wide life experience we can be a huge asset to the community. 

“With over 2800 members, BOPF makes sure older people know what is going on in the city through their newsletter and open forums. Many of us are not online, and many don’t want to be, but more and more information is being held online, so if you don’t have a computer you really miss out. As long as BOPF exists, we will make sure members are in the picture, and their voice gets heard. Long live BOPF, and good luck to Tony too!”

BOPF membership is free, and residents can join the organisation by sending their name and contact details, and stating “I agree to receive newsletters and information” to BOPF, Canningford House , 38 Victoria Street, Bristol
 BS1 6BY. 

If you wish to get in touch with ideas or support to help BOPF’s funding, please email, call  0117 927 9222 or write to the address above.

• If you’d like to skydive with Tony, email him at You can also sponsor him (all money raised goes to BOPF and other charities) by contacting him via the same email address.