Take to the skies in support of Hospice care

5th February 2024

wing walk supporter

Ness Wilson recently took part in a wingwalk challenge for St Barnabas Hospice, raising funds for vital Hospice care across Lincolnshire.

The Wingwalk involved taking to the outside of a Boeing Stearman’s aeroplane, which flies between 100ft and 700ft and up to speeds of between 80mph and 110mph.

St Barnabas have an upcoming date and places available for supporters to sign up and take part in June 2024. Ness is sharing her experience and encourages dare devil individuals to conquer their fear of heights and walk on the wings of a biplane this summer!

Ness says: “A few years ago, whilst learning to fly a 2-seat Light Aeroplane at Wickenby Airfield, I heard about the wing walk experience and thought it would be fun to sit on the outside of the plane rather than the inside!

“I’ve always been an adrenaline junkie, so this seemed the perfect challenge! I then saw that St Barnabas Hospice were running a fundraising appeal for willing participants and decided this would be a great way of supporting my local Hospice whilst trying an exciting challenge.

“I’d heard about the work that St Barnabas Hospice do across the county and wanted to help in some small way. Luckily, my family and I have not been in a situation where we have needed the care that St Barnabas provide however, I know others that have, and I felt inspired to help contribute to such a wonderful cause.”

The St Barnabas Fundraising team are available to provide support and advice and answer any questions that participants may have before signing up. Once registered, they remain in contact with the supporter throughout the run up to the day of the challenge.

Ness continues: “The Fundraising team provided me with hints and tips on how to boost my fundraising efforts. They were always on hand to answer any questions and were really helpful when the original wing walk date had to be rescheduled due to bad weather.

“With the team’s advice in mind, I organised a raffle to boost my fundraising target and was very lucky in receiving lots of support from both local and national businesses. Prizes included spa days, restaurant vouchers, gym membership, hotel stays, hampers, and day out experience vouchers.

“After the challenge, I received a letter to thank me for my fundraising efforts alongside a certificate too.

“I took part in the challenge before becoming a member of the Fundraising team at St Barnabas Hospice and I am so excited to assist supporters in the same experience I had previously. Enjoy the experience and make sure you bring lots of family and friends to watch!”

To find out more and sign up to a wing walk with St Barnabas Hospice, please visit: https://stbarnabashospice.co.uk/events/wing-walk-2024/

Your sponsorship money will make a real difference to patients and families across Lincolnshire who are living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. You will be helping to ensure that St Barnabas Hospice can care for more patients and families in Lincolnshire, every day of the year.

By way of example, every £19.93 raised will enable us to provide one hour of specialist at-home care to a patient living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

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