Challenger of the month

Every month we celebrate a person or team who has gone above and beyond in their fundraising efforts for Shooting Star Children’s Hospices. It’s not always about who has run the fastest or the furthest or longest. We aim to celebrate people who have pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, and done something that has been a real challenge for them.

Our Challengers of the Month for September 2019 are…

Linda Ward – Wing Walking

Soaring into September, our super Challenger of the Month Linda Ward took fundraising to new heights as she completed a wing walk in aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

Proving sky’s the limit – quite literally, Linda explained why this was the challenge for her, “Both myself and my friend Bev have always wanted to do a wing walk, so we came up with the idea of doing it for charity. I chose Shooting Star Children’s Hospices as it’s such a worthy charity and to my mind if I can help just one child then the challenge is worth it!”

After 3 previous attempts thwarted due to the temperamental English weather, the skies were clear on 1st September – making it 4th time lucky for Linda and Bev who travelled to Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster to complete their challenge.

“The company we booked through, SkyMax were so very good, with a briefing before the flight, and people helping you climb aboard the plane, checking safety all the time.” Once Linda was securely strapped to the top of a 1940s Boeing Stearman biplane, it was chocks away as Linda took to the skies; “The wing walk itself only takes around 15 minutes – including getting harnessed up,” said Linda. “It was the most thrilling experience – we travelled 120 mph at the height of 700 feet! The views were spectacular, I could see London, the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and so much more. I never for a second felt unsafe, and could have been up there for ages – I enjoyed the whole experience – it was so thrilling.”

As a wing walking wonder Linda has raised over £1000 for her local children’s hospice charity and it has also given her the challenge bug, “Next year I intend to do a tandem skydive which of course will be aid of Shooting Star Children’s Hospices!”

Do you have a head for heights? Or perhaps prefer your challenges a bit more grounded? Why not have a look at our Events Calendar – with a wealth of challenges there will surely be something that floats your boat! (or plane, or bike…)