Thrill-seekers take on wing-walk for Weston Hospicecare

PUBLISHED: 07:34 08 July 2019

Reyna Knight taking part in a wing-walk.

Reyna Knight taking part in a wing-walk.

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Brave fundraisers from across North Somerset took to the skies for a 140mph wing-walk in aid of Weston Hospicecare.

The 27 intrepid thrill-seekers enjoyed an exhilarating series of aerial dives, banks and flypasts on top of a World War Two biplane at Rendcomb Airfield as supporters cheered them on from the ground.

The Aerosuperbatics display team treated each participant to a bespoke routine, often in tandem with a second aircraft.

Expert pilots flew to altitudes of around 1,000ft, ensuring plenty of white-knuckle moments for the wing-walkers - though each disembarked with a smile, and several declared the experience to be 'the best thing I've ever done'.

Former Portishead councillor Reyna Knight was one of the wing-walkers, and said: "It was exciting and I raised more than £800 for Weston Hospicecare.

"I want to thank you everyone for all the support. I'm glad the hospice has benefited from the challenge."

The event was Weston Hospicecare's first wing-walking day, but will not be the last, with plans already being drawn up to return in 2020.

A number of those who took part have already vowed to return next year, as a repeat visit gives them the option to take on an even more daredevil routine, complete with a loop-the-loop.

Hospice challenge manager, Simon Angear, felt the first wing-walking day was an 'enormous success'.

He said: "We were thrilled with the number of people who took part, and loved seeing how much they all enjoyed the experience.

"The location was perfect, the Aerosuperbatics team were brilliant, and all of our wing-walkers played a big part in creating a really special atmosphere through their support for one another.

"Crucially, the event proved a big success on the fundraising side too, so I'd like to thank everyone who took part for their tireless efforts, and everyone who supported them so generously - your contributions will play a big part in supporting the hospice."

Each of the wing-walkers paid a £150 registration fee and committed to raising upwards of the suggested £500 in sponsorship for the hospice - however, many exceeded that target.

Anyone keen to take part in next year's event can contact Simon on 01934 423947 or email simon.angear@westonhospicecare.org.uk

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