Trev Lee

Trev and Dave's Arctic Flying Expo 2023

Fundraising for PROSTATE CANCER UK
£8,113
raised of £5,000 target
by 169 supporters
PROSTATE CANCER UK

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RCN 1005541 and in Scotland (SC039332)
We fund research to stop prostate cancer killing men

Story

We will be flying our open cockpit Flexwing microlights to the most northern tip of Norway in aid of men’s health charity, Prostate Cancer UK. Here’s our reason why… 

Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK's top priority is funding research to stop prostate cancer killing men. The latest data shows that 12,000 men died from prostate cancer in one year - that’s 12,000 friends, brothers, lovers and dads - and the terrible fact that this disease is as big as breast cancer. 

Men represent a huge part of the construction industry, home maintenance sector and flying community which myself and Dave are part of, and with the stats showing that the number of men dying from prostate cancer rising each year, we believe Prostate Cancer UK is a very worthy cause.

Our Challenge

We are setting out on a 4,500 mile expedition to fly to the most northern tip of Norway in our open cockpit Flexwing microlights, a destination which is 340 miles above the Arctic Circle line, and is the most northerly point in mainland Europe.

The expedition will take place over around 3 weeks and involve a number of phases as we navigate our way from RAF Deenethorpe in Northamptonshire after the annual Flexwing Adventurers Fly In event with only camping equipment and limited supplies.  

After a short stop to refuel, we will cross over the English channel and then fly straight over France and Belgium onto Midden Zeeland airport in the Netherlands for the first night.

We will then navigate across Europe, stopping to refuel and camp in countries such as Germany, Denmark and up the coast of Sweden before crossing over Finland to reach Norway and head for the North Cape. We plan to reach the destination point in approximately 10 days before making our way back via Lapland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France, and then making a final Channel crossing back to the UK and RAF Deenethorpe.

One of the biggest challenges we will face in this expedition is the weather conditions which can quickly change whilst in flight. We may come across storms which we need to avoid, plus strong and turbulent winds during the mountain sections requiring the highest levels of airmanship.

If the weather conditions allow us, we will attempt to circumnavigate the Baltic Sea, flying up the Swedish coast and down the Finland coast.

The challenge ahead is huge and will involve us flying an average of 500 miles each day. We’ll be completing each day by pitching up our tents and cooking up dinner using our limited camping equipment. We’re taking on a back-to-basics camping approach and will be sleeping beside our microlights in a different country each day.

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PROSTATE CANCER UK

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RCN 1005541 and in Scotland (SC039332)
Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition - to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.

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