Thrill seekers needed for dizzying charity Wing Walk
One of the UK’s leading children’s charities is looking for thrill seekers to register for a nerve tingling Wing Walk taking place in Gloucestershire on Friday 1st May, 2020.
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is looking to secure participants as part of its #Team20 celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the charity’s foundation.
Throughout 2020 the charity is encouraging people to engage with it in a number of ways, like taking part in a fundraising event or challenge, volunteering for the charity, or raising awareness of the charity’s services, in order to join their #Team20.
Those who sign up for the challenge will undertake the Wing-Walk at RFC Rendcombe Aerodrome, in the heart of Gloucestershire.
“This challenge is not for the faint hearted and you’ll have to have a head for heights,” said Kate Sherwin from Caudwell Children. “Obviously, you’ll also need an awful lot of courage and determination to complete the challenge, but it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget.
“Not only that, you’ll be helping disabled children to get the specialist equipment, in-home support, therapies, and short break activity days that they so desperately need and deserve.”
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 in this way.
Wing walking, which began in the early 1900s, involves being securely strapped to the wing of a bi-plane as it takes to the skies for a 10-minute flight at speeds of up to 130mph!
The whole experience takes about 90 minutes and will include a comprehensive ground and safety briefing before the flight.
Once strapped into the five-point safety harness participants will take to the skies, making climbs, turns and passes in front of gathered friends and family.
“Wing walkers have to be over 18 years of age and must be between 5ft and 6ft 1inch,” explained Kate. “They must be no heavier than 13 ½ stone and they’ll need to be agile enough to climb, unassisted, up to the top wing of the aircraft, which is around 10ft.”
Registration costs £50 and participants have a sponsorship target of £1,000.
To find out more and to book your place on a wing walk visit the web page here.