“I’m the kind of person who likes stepping out of their comfort zone and I’m sure I’ll be raving about it afterwards” – daring Susan expects to be on a real high after her wing walk fundraiser for EACH

Daredevil Susan Cox is taking a walk on the wild side to raise funds for charity. The 69-year-old thrill-seeker has signed up for a wing walk to show her support for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Her adrenaline-filled challenge is taking place at Shuttleworth Aerodrome, in Bedfordshire, on Friday morning (7th July) and she hopes to raise £5,000.

“It’s beginning to dawn on me, now the big day is getting closer,” said Susan, who lives in Woodton.

“I wanted to do something out of the ordinary and it occurred to me I don’t know anyone else who’s done a wing walk. I love flying, especially take-off, so thought why not?

“Originally I was thinking of doing something to mark my 70th birthday. However, there’s no time like the present so thought I’d arrange something while it was fresh in my mind.

“I can’t say I’m nervous at the moment but I’m sure the butterflies will kick in when I wake up on Friday morning. I’ll probably think ‘what have I done?’ and my family and friends think I’m a complete lunatic!

“However, I’m the kind of person who likes stepping out of their comfort zone and I’m sure I’ll be raving about it afterwards.

“I think it’ll be an exhilarating experience and I’ll probably be disappointed it’s over!”

Retired Susan has long admired EACH’s work, having lived close to its former Quidenham hospice. She recently visited The Nook, in Framingham Earl, and was given a guided tour by Community Fundraiser Anne Austin.

“I always think charity begins at home and that’s why I’m so keen to support EACH,” said Susan.

“It’s a great cause right here on my doorstep, caring for and supporting people in our community, and I’ve had friends who have used the services.

“Going to the hospice underlined why I’m taking on this challenge. It’s an amazing facility and no-one could fail to be impressed.

“It’s nice doing something not only for the children being cared for but also the parents, siblings and wider family members who are being supported so well.”

To sponsor Susan, head here.

Notes to Editors

“EACH has made us all feel part of an extended family and, thanks to staff and fellow families, we’re not alone with problems. We always leave The Treehouse feeling positive, stronger and thankful.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.8 million from fundraising and £6.5 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron –Her Royal Highness The Princess of Wales.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds,visit each.org.uk or call our Suffolk fundraisers on 01473 917965.

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For further information about this release please contact:

Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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