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Charity Wing Walk smashes £20k target

Last week, twenty-two brave Wingwalkers strapped themselves to the wings of 2 Boeing-Stearman biplanes and took to the skies, all in the name of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The team of volunteer fundraisers took off from the RFC Rendcomb Airfield, Cirencester in support of the national charity Breast Cancer Haven. They blew past their original £20k target and raised more than £28,000.

The money raised will go to Breast Cancer Haven’s centre in Hereford and help fund vital support services to those affected by breast cancer

Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity that offers support to all those affected by breast cancer. Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford offers a range of 1:1 therapies, group workshops, counselling and advisory support. So far this year the centre has helped around 330 local people.

Di Emmett, Centre Manager of Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford was first into the air with the Aerosuperbatics Wingwalking team, cheered on by a very supportive crowd. Her son Lee, along with 20 other Wingwalkers then followed. These daredevils included past centre visitors, family members, independent supporters and teams from local businesses and organisations: Nigel O’Neil, Deputy Head of Aylestone School, Belinda Mitcham of Rutherford Cancer Centres and Proton International and Olivia Mae Gould, Rhian Lloyd and Alan Nolan from the Aspire Business Partnership to name but a few.

Speaking after the Wingwalk, Di Emmett said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the Wingwalkers and the amazing fundraisers for donating such a fantastic amount. We receive no government funding and rely on individual donations to keep supporting those affected by breast cancer. Raising £28,000 will enable us to put 28 visitors through a complete, tailored programme of complementary therapies, counselling and support groups.”

“Breast cancer is a prevalent disease but we are here to help those affected through it.”

“For me, the Wingwalk was a terrifying experience but it pales into insignificance to the experience of those diagnosed with breast cancer.”

The Wingwalk marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education, research and support. This October, Breast Cancer Haven is focusing on the impact of breast cancer on the loved ones of those diagnosed, on whom it can be devastating.

As well as offering free support services to anyone diagnosed with breast cancer, Breast Cancer Haven offers four hours of free counselling to family members and close friends of those diagnosed.
The Wingwalking fundraising event was so popular that Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford has been asked to organise another day for October 2020. If you are interested in embarking on an amazing and exhilarating flying experience please email the Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford Fundraising team: HerefordFundraising@breastcancerhaven.org.uk.

Or sign up now: www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk/forms/sign-up-to-wingwalk-2020.