On Tuesday 21st May 2019, I completed a wing walk in aid of Hope for Tomorrow, an exceptional cancer charity bringing treatment closer to home for patients across the country. If you aren’t familiar with the concept of wing walking, imagine being stood on top of a 1940s biplane whilst it soars through the sky. Crazy, right?
When I was first asked to take part, I was hesitant as I am usually afraid of flying and I had never imagined doing something so out of my comfort zone. However, the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to do it – challenge accepted!
I, alongside my colleagues at Brace Creative Agency, held a bake sale and raffle to help kick start my fundraising. And, thanks to all of the kind donations received, I managed to raise £1,120 for the big day.
Pulling up at the airfield on Tuesday surrounded by my family, friends and the Brace team, I felt nervous yet excited. Being the fourth person to take to the skies, I was raring to go when my name was called.
I boarded the plane, flown by pilot David Barrel, and shortly commenced transit. Following a short but bumpy ride, it was time for take-off. We were in the air for just under 10 minutes, completing a variety of steep dives, zoom climbs and 90 degree banks. Unfortunately, as I had not completed a wing walk previously, I was not allowed to do any loop the loops. But, by no means was it an easy ride!
Wing walking, which originated as a daredevil stunt in the 1920’s, was absolutely exhilarating and I am very proud to say that I have done it so, if it’s something that you’ve considered doing, I would definitely recommend it. To be able to raise over £1,000 for a brilliant charity like Hope for Tomorrow, as well as ticking something off my bucket list, it was an incredible experience that I’ll never forget.