Daredevil Mansfield woman in wing walk fundraiser for John Eastwood Hospice
A Mansfield fundraiser is set to tackle the biggest challenge on her ‘50 before 50’ bucket list yet- strapping herself to the wing of a plane in aid of a hospice close to her heart.
Mandy Hollingworth is set to take to the skies from Wickenby Airfield near Lincoln on Sunday (July 26).
The jaw-dropping feat has so far raised around £700 for John Eastwood Hospice, who supported Mandy after her much-loved mum Janet Hollingworth was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, angiosarcoma.
Sadly, Janet passed away from the illness in 2017. "Three years later, I’m ready to give something back,” said Mandy.
The wing walk forms part of her ‘50 before 50’ bucketlist, which ranges from acts of kindness to knitting to wing walking.
"It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Mandy. "And I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone and tick something off my bucket list while raising money for such an important cause. I am getting a little nervous.
"You don’t need any training beforehand, other than to go through safety with the pilot, but I have been told I can choose a ‘calm, relaxed’ flight or something a bit more daring.
"I haven’t decided between those two yet- I’ll see how I feel! The flight will last around 10 minutes.”
As well as fundraising for the hospice, Mandy is also keen to raise awareness of angiosarcoma.
“It’s quite rare and we hadn’t heard of it before mum became poorly,” added Mandy. “July is actually Angiosarcoma Awareness Month, so it feels fitting.”