Daring grandmother set for 'wing walk' in memory of mum

Anne Ibbitson.
Anne Ibbitson.

Daring grandmother Anne Ibbitson will take to the skies on a wing and a prayer to raise money for charity in memory of her mum.

For the 58-year-old is set to take on a 'wing walk' - in which she will hold on for dear life standing on top of a vintage airplane up in the skies - to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice Appeal.

Georgina, Anne and Nancy on a family holiday.

Georgina, Anne and Nancy on a family holiday.

The Misterton chiropodist is doing the daring challenge in memory of her mum Nancy Wainwright who died of cancer aged 83 two years ago. Anne chose the Sheffield-based hospice, which cares for children with a shortened life expectancy, as her mum worked with youngsters during her 40 years as a teacher in Doncaster.

Anne said: "I'm not quite sure what to expect. I'm a bit nervous but also looking forward to it.

"At my mum's funeral we asked for donations instead of flowers and raised about £400 for Bluebell Wood. When we sent it off they gave us a pack that had fundraising ideas in it and I saw the wing walking option and thought I'd give it a go. My friends and family think I'm mad!"

However daring charity challenges must run in the family as her daughter Georgina, aged 30, a lecturer at High Melton College, completed a skydive for charity about 10 years ago. She raised £1500 for the neo-natal unit at Doncaster Royal Infirmary for the team who cared for her son Joshua who was born 10 weeks premature.

Anne also completed a previous fundraiser in which she rode a horse 200 miles around Yorkshire to raise about £1000 for the team at Scunthorpe Hospital which treated her for ulcerative colitis about 20 years ago.

She said: "I think everyone should do something fun for charity, you have got nothing to lose."

Anne will take to the skies strapped onto a vintage Stearman aircraft from Wickenby Aerodrome and fly high above the skies of Lincolnshire on Saturday, May 27.

She hopes to raise about £800 and is already about halfway to her target. You can donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anne-Ibbitson?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=Anne-Ibbitson&utm_campaign=pfp-email