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    Weʼve raised £1,200 to help raise money for the re-build of the Band room by sending Helen Thurlby and Judy Leden up in a hang glider to play a duet at 3000ft!!

    Darley Moor, United Kingdom
    Funded on Tuesday, 19th September 2017

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    Two women who share a love for playing brass instruments, will take to the skies to perform a daring stunt which is undoubtedly a World First – playing “Fly Me To The Moon” whilst hang gliding, tandem, at 3,000 feet.

    Twice Women’s World Hang Gliding Champion, Judy Leden MBE will pilot the hang glider, whilst expert brass player and Cressbrook Band conductor, Helen Thurlby (who recently took Cressbrook Band to play at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, following a personal
    invitation by Coldplay), will take the musical lead role, with Judy accompanying her.

    They are embarking on the hang glide to raise funds to rebuild Tideswell Band Room which was destroyed by fire two years ago. This building was the band’s practice room and main storage area for instruments, uniforms and over 100 years of music.

    The hang glider flight is due to take place on Saturday 26th August at 10.30am, at Darley Moor Airfield in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Lying side by side in the tandem hang glider, they will be towed aloft by a microlight aircraft. Once they have reached 3,000 feet, Judy will release the tow cable and Helen and Judy will then perform their duet whilst flying the hang glider back down to earth.

    Speaking about the flight, Judy says: “I haven’t worked out the fine logistics of how to fly a hang glider one-handed whilst playing the cornet; but I am looking forward to the challenge of doing something completely new and untried”. Helen says “I have always wanted to hang glide, and I have the same passion for playing brass instruments as Judy has for hang gliding. This seems a perfect way to combine our two obsessions, whilst raising money for the vital cause of constructing a new bandroom for Tideswell Band”.

    Brass bands are being invited from all over Derbyshire, to come and play music and support Helen and Judy’s flight.

    You can still help by donating to this very worthy cause even if you can't make it on the day :)



    • Helen Thurlby10 months ago
      Helen Thurlby

      Helen Thurlby

      10 months ago

      Thank-you so much to everyone of you that donated!! Thanks to a last minute extremely generous contribution from Sarah we've just hit our target of £1200 online!! Thank-you :)

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    • Helen Thurlby1 year ago
      Helen Thurlby

      Helen Thurlby

      1 year ago

      Wow!! Thanks so much to everyone for your very kind donations!! The event is tomorrow and I hope to see lots of you there :)

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    • Helen Thurlby1 year ago
      Helen Thurlby

      Helen Thurlby

      1 year ago

      Thank-you so much to everyone who has sponsored this extraordinary mission so far!! Your support is great and muchly appreciated :) ... HT

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    Page last updated on: 9/18/2017 10:47 PM



    • Sarah Green

      Sarah Green

      Sep 18, 2017

      Congratulations for pulling it off - sorry I've been so late in donating! x


    • Judith Leden

      Judith Leden

      Sep 6, 2017

      Thanks to Malcolm for this donation.


    • Harold Molloy

      Harold Molloy

      Sep 2, 2017

      Stil collecting Helen cos I'm proud of you. Well done.


    • Tricia Gillies

      Tricia Gillies

      Sep 1, 2017

      good Luck Helen best wishes Tricia gillies


    • Judith Leden

      Judith Leden

      Aug 27, 2017

      Thanks to Chris's Mum,Margaret Hughes, for the donation.


    • Sarah Manley

      Sarah Manley

      Aug 26, 2017

      Wow you two are crazy!! There is £5 from mum and dad and £5 from nana and £10 from Marcus and I for you xxxx


    • abbie allott

      abbie allott

      Aug 26, 2017

      Massive well done guys... this is awesome! 💗💗🙌🏻👍🏻


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