Wing walk fundraiser proves plane sailing for thrill-seeker Greg

Daredevil Greg Mann was left on a real high – literally – after taking a walk on the wild side for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The 51-year-old thrill-seeker took to the skies for an amazing wing walk and raised an incredible £1,000.

His adrenaline-charged challenge took place at Damyns Hall Aerodrome, in Upminster, Essex, and he was watched by his mum, stepdad, wife, Nikki, and 12-year-old son, Alfie.

“It was amazing,” said builder Greg, who lives in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and my original plan had been to do a wing walk for my 50th birthday.

“Unfortunately, that idea was kyboshed because of COVID.

“However, having had it cancelled four times previously, I finally got my wish and was able to do the wing walk last month.

“It really was an incredible experience. I didn’t realise how strong the wind would be and didn’t have a single wrinkle by the end!

“The funny thing is I wasn’t nervous at all. I loved it and didn’t feel any fear.”

Greg was delighted to see his fundraising total hit four figures.

“I worried whether people would sponsor me but, thankfully, I’ve got some very kind and lovely family and friends,” he said.

“I’ve donated to EACH before.

“I don’t have a personal connection, as such. However, as a parent it’s a charity I feel a strong affinity with.

“As a father, I know how helpless you feel when one of your children isn’t feeling well or is going through a hard time.

“Thanks to the amazing work EACH does on a day-to-day basis, it must be an incredible relief for families going through hard times to have someone they can rely on. That’s why I tried my best to raise a bit of money which, in turn, will help raise a little happiness.”

Greg, who has completed a parachute jump in the past, is already eyeing up another fundraising stunt to raise more money in 2022.

He said: “I was very surprised by how much I raised and now I’ve vowed to do something to raise funds every year.

“I’m not sure what I’ll do next year but I’m giving it some thought.

“I’ll always do whatever I can to support such an amazing cause.”

Greg’s Skymax Wing Walking Experience took place on 7th October.

EACH provides care and support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and their families, across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

It has three hospices, including one at Milton, near Cambridge.

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Thanks to the amazing work EACH does on a day-to-day basis, it must be an incredible relief for families going through hard times to have someone they can rely on.

Notes to Editors

“To need to use a children’s hospice is every parent’s worst nightmare, however, when you get there it’s the most beautiful place imaginable. It’s a lifeline to parents going through the worst possible journey and enables families to find the support that they need.”

  • 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 £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 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 Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call our Cambridgeshire fundraisers on 01223 204916.

Keep in touch:

www.each.org.uk

www.twitter.com/EACH_hospices

www.facebook.com/EACHhospices

www.instagram.com/eachhospices

www.linkedin.com/company/eachhospices

 

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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