Some people party. Some hide. Some travel to faraway shores.
But Jane Curran has decided that the sky’s the limit for her 40th birthday – she’s going wingwalking.
Strapped to the top wing of a Stearman biplane and kitted out with goggles, earplugs and a harness, she’ll soar over the countryside in a trip that’s left her friends and family breathless.
Her pilot, a member of the Aerobatic Tactics team, has promised ‘zooms, dips and climbs at speeds of up to 130mph’.
“Nobody has said ‘don’t do it’ but they all think I’m completely mad,” said Jane, from Cross Street, Doncaster, who hits her 40th birthday on October 23.
“I was having dinner with a friend and we made a list of things do to before I reached 40. Wingwalking was top of the list so I’m going to dig out my brave cape and wear it with pride.
“What better way to fulfil a lifelong dream than to stand on top of a flying aeroplane and raise awareness and money at the same time?”
Jane chose to support the charity Bowel and Cancer Research because her stepdad David Redhead, 67, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January. After a successful operation, he is now on the road to recovery. David, also from Doncaster, and Jane’s mum Susan will be cheering Jane from below when she takes off on September 19 from an aerodrome near Upminster, Essex.
“I’m really excited,” said Jane, who works as an admin clerk for DHL in Tickhill.
Chief eecutive of Bowel and Cancer Research, Deborah Gilbert, said: “Our aim is to make sure no one dies of bowel cancer, which claims the lives of 16,000 people every year, and we can only do that with the help of fantastic supporters like Jane,” she said.
Jane can be sponsored at Wing Walk Challenge