Weʼre raising £5,000 to support the superb professional Plastics ('post-injury recovery') department at Salisbury District Hospital by funding essential equipment
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WHY I AM FUNDRAISING ..... AND WHO FOR
Four years ago, I took up paramotoring which is powered paragliding and the most basic form of powered flight in existence. No runways or tarmac; just a breeze in the face, some grass, and a bit of running to get into the air.
A year ago, I had a messy mishap, the thumb and two fingers of my right hand getting into the propeller when on the ground. They were MAGNIFICENTLY tidied up during three operations, one finger in particular being completely rebuilt. This was done in Salisbury District Hospital. I cannot praise too highly the wonderful, professional and kind people of the NHS in the hospital's Plastics Department and Wessex Rehab who then took me on, making sure I came out of the process with the maximum functionality in my hand; what they did was beyone excellent. I was back in the air in six months, and am even back playing the piano (something I assumed I would never do again).
They urgently need some specialist equipment to enhance their service. It is for this that I am raising money; I KNOW that every penny will be well spent. I do not want to tie them down too specifically, but the sort of things they need are ....
WHAT I AM DOING TO BRING ATTENTION TO THIS FUND RAISING
To mark this fundraising effort and my return to flying, I intend in May 2019 to fly from Warminster to Scotland by paramotor. My planned route is about 360 miles in length. Since I fly though the air at 25mph, and drop out of the sky after 2 hours when the fuel runs out, I plan to make a series of two hour hops, landing en route where people have offered fields, or at small airfields. Light wind from the SW will help; so I’ll choose my moment. It’s not an unprecedented length of flight, but I’m probably – at 65 – older than most who have done something like this!
My planned route is Warminster to the NE, passing S and then E of Leicester, and then up the eastern edge of the Pennines and the Cheviots, to a field in the SE of Scotland just north of Berwick-on-Tweed. I will photograph and film the trip; so there should be plenty of evidence. And I will blog progress!
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Mar 24, 2019
A magnificent man in (or on) his flying machine
Mar 22, 2019
Good luck Charles! ! looking forward to hearing all about it in July when we meet up again from Carole (High Fivers) 😊 Xx
Mar 18, 2019
Mar 17, 2019
Good luck with the adventure, you are a brave fellow.
Mar 17, 2019
What a mad and crazy idea ... good luck! You are an inspiration.
Mar 15, 2019
Good luck - that looks very dangerous!!
Nigel and Bella Roberts
Mar 14, 2019
Good luck with the Charles - a great new hobby and a great cause to support!
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About the fundraiser
Born, 1954, Naval Officer at sea until 2006, husband, father of 3, grandfather of 5, fisherman, sailor, enjoyer of music, gardens, and the countryside, paramotorist (powered paragliding). Accident in 2018 took me to Salisbury Hospital where treatment superb. Hence this appeal.