Pair want people to join them on dizzying wing walk

Pair want people to join them on dizzying wing walk
Pair want people to join them on dizzying wing walk

Pair want people to join them on dizzying wing walk

A children’s community nurse and a carer, both from Wolverhampton, have signed up to undertake a dizzying wing-walk for charity and they’re urging other adrenaline junkies to join them.

The challenge will take place at RFC Rendcombe Aerodrome, Gloucestershire, on 11th April, 2019.

Sara Eacopo and Jaz Tutt recently completed a 10,000ft skydive to raise funds for Caudwell Children, and they enjoyed the experience so much that that they thought they’d try a nerve-defying wing-walk to boost the charity coffers further.

“It was an amazing day with beautiful weather and the views were amazing,” said Sara. “My instructor was great fun and I even got to free-fall through a cloud, which I’ve always wanted to do.

“I was a little self-conscious at first because the rush of air made my cheeks balloon out and I must have looked like a cartoon character.

“But I forgot about that as soon as the parachute opened I had time to take in the magnificent views, it was brilliant!”

Jaz had no choice in doing the jump. As she explained: “Sara just told me to do it and as she’s my best friend I felt that I couldn’t let her down.

“The sense of achievement was overwhelming when we landed.”

Sara said that she had to find another challenge that would give her the same adrenaline rush. “I felt like I was floating on air immediately after the skydive,” she said. “So I was looking for something else that would give me that same feeling of excitement, and pride in what I’d done.

“When I heard about wing-walking I immediately knew that it was the challenge for me.”   

Until recently fundraising wing-walks have been prohibited, but recent changes in the regulations means that members of the public can finally realise their dreams and raise money for good causes through this kind of challenge.

Wing walking, which began in the early 1900s, involves being securely strapped on the wings of a bi-plane as it takes to the skies for a 10 minute flight at speeds of up to 130mph!

Sara, who works for the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital Trust, says her 20-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son are supporting her fundraising efforts. “They’re used to my need for adventure so they’re not surprised that I’m continuing my fundraising in this way,” she explained. “I think they admire what I’m doing and I know they’d love to give it a go.”

Jaz is urging members of the public to join the pair on the extreme challenge. As she explained: “Although I did ask Sara if we could do a charity dog walk, rather than a wing walk, we’re very competitive so I couldn’t let her do it on her own and get one over on me.

“Not only that my 19-year-old son, Jaiden, is autistic. He’s non-verbal and I’m his full time carer so I understand the challenges associated with children with disabilities or additional needs.

“The services that Caudwell Children provide to disabled children are vital, so the more people who sign up to join us on the wing-walk the more children they can support with specialist equipment, treatments, therapies and activity days.”

Once strapped into the five-point safety harness, on the top wing of a biplane, participants will take to the skies, making zooms, climbs and passes over watching friends and family.

“Wing walkers must be over 18 years old and must be between 5 and 6 feet tall and weigh less than 12 stone,” said Lily Smith, from Caudwell Children. “You’ll also need to be agile enough to climb up to the top wing of the aircraft, which is around 10ft.”

To find out more and to book your place on a wing walk ring Lily Smith on 01782 433755 or email: challenges@caudwellchildren.com

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