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.