A daredevil from Uckfield is undertaking a wing walk for charity.
*Update* Stuart successfully carried out his wing walk and has raised a final total of £2815 which will be shared equally between Teenage Cancer Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
He has asked Uckfield FM to thank all the supporters, donators and businesses who help him achieve this amazing target.
Stuart Chappell, also known as Chappie, is carrying out the terrifying challenge on Sunday August 6 to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) and Great Ormond Street Hospital, in memory of his friend’s son.
Stuart is 44 and lives in Framfield Road. He works on the sales counter at Parker Building Supplies’ Uckfield branch on the Bellbrook Estate.
Chappie said: “As a company, we raise money for TCT and are all encouraged to do something to help. We’ve played cricket matches in the past but I fancied doing something a bit different this time. I also chose Great Ormond Street as my friend’s son, Noah Thatcher, had brain complications when he was born and spent a lot of time there before he sadly passed away aged 10 months. I’ve paid to do the wing walk so that all the money I raise goes to these two important charities.”
Chappie has already surpassed his fundraising target of £1,000 and is currently just short of £2,000, but hopes this figure will increase.
The nearest location Chappie could do the wing walk is at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster, Essex. “There is no prior training given, so the I have been riding a few rollercoasters this year to try to prepare myself. On the day I’ll have a safety briefing on arrival, but then it’s just me standing on a wing for 10 minutes while the plane climbs, swoops and does flypasts over the airfield, reaching speeds of up to 130mph. I’m a thrill seeker and like extreme fear but the whole point of this is to raise lots of money for the charities.”
To boost the fundraising, Chappie is selling £1 raffle tickets with 40 prizes donated by local businesses.
Prizes include a night’s stay at East Sussex National Hotel, Horsted Health Club & Spa membership, a Makita DAB radio, a studio tour of Uckfield FM and various wine, books and gift vouchers.
“I’ve had great support from Parker Building Supplies and other local businesses and I can’t wait to get on and do the wing walk now. Although I’m excited at the moment, I think I might be a bit scared on the day,” Chappie admitted.
To donate to Chappie, you can either go and see him on the counter at Parkers or click on the following Virgin Money Giving link here.
Everyone who donates before 9am on Friday 4th August will receive a strip of raffle tickets for each £1 donated, and therefore could be in with a chance of winning any of the more than 40 great prizes, which are all listed on the Virgin Money Giving page.
Stuart came in to Uckfield FM and spoke with Tony Williams