Fundraising Doncaster gran is flying high for charity

A daring grandmother says she fancies looping the loop next time after a wing walk to raise money for charity in memory of her mum.

Friday, 9th June 2017, 1:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th June 2017, 2:28 pm
Anne Ibbitson on the wing walk.

Anne Ibbitson, aged 58, completed a ‘wing walk’ on a vintage plane – to raise more than £1,150 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The chiropodist from Misterton, near Doncaster, took on the daring challenge aboard a vintage Stearman aircraft from Wickenby Aerodrome in Lincolnshire.

Her mum Nancy Wainwright died of cancer two years ago at the age of 83.

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Anne chose the hospice, as her mum worked with youngsters during her 40 years as a teacher in Doncaster.

Anne said: “I didn’t know what to expect as I didn’t know anyone who had completed a wing walk and I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to breathe easily.

“The crew were very reassuring and gave me confidence to proceed.

“I felt quite nervous taxiing down to take-off but as soon as we were airborne and I discovered I could breathe relatively easily I could relax and enjoy the view.

“It was certainly a very different experience to any I’ve ever had before and one worth trying if you fancy a new challenge.

“Perhaps if I did it again I’d try something new like looping the loop.”

The idea for the wing walk came after relatives and friends donated about £400 to Bluebell Wood at her mum’s funeral.

Afterwards she received a thank you note from the hospice team which included a range of fundraising ideas – including a wing walk.

She said: “My only regret is my mum isn’t here to see how much we raised.”

Daring charity challenges also 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.