Wednesday 21st June will see a team of brave St. Margaret’s Hospice supporters take to the skies to raise vital funds for the hospice.

The group of thrill seekers will be strapped to a Stearman biplane, wing walking at RFC Rendcomb Aerodrome, Gloucestershire. The wing walk has been arranged after the huge success of a similar event last year, where John Winter and a number of friends raised over £14,000 after his Wife, Jenny, passed away at the Taunton hospice.

John is taking part again this year, but has made the challenge even more terrifying by agreeing for the plane to do a loop the loop while he’s strapped on top!

Also taking part is Katherine Lockhart, who is following in the footsteps of her Father, Bill McDowell, who in 2004 soared into the record books as the oldest person ever to wing walk. Bill passed away at the Taunton hospice in 2005 and Katherine couldn’t think of a better tribute than to take part in a wing walk herself.

The story was covered in 2004 by the Somerset County Gazette and Bill was entered into the Guinness Book of Records.

Along with the challenge of the wing walk itself, the team have been busy raising sponsorship which will go towards supporting local patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness across Somerset. Each year St. Margaret’s supports over 3,200 people, at their Taunton and Yeovil hospices and in the community.

“Each year St. Margaret’s has to raise over £7.5m and we heavily rely on the generous, and often courageous, support of our local community – just like our team of wing walking dare-devils.” says Sonia Bateman, Events Project Lead at St. Margaret’s Hospice.

From sky dives to cycle rides, if you’re interested in taking part in the many exciting or exhilarating ways you can support St. Margaret’s Hospice, take a look at how you can get involved here.