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Nurse to go ‘wing walking’ to raise money for disabled children

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A children’s community nurse from the Midlands has signed up to undertake a dizzying wing walk to raise money for charity.

Wing walking, which began in the early 1900s, involves being securely strapped on the wings of a bi-plane as it takes to the skies for a 10 minute flight at speeds of up to 130mph.

“You’ll be helping disabled children to get the specialist equipment”

Lily Smith

For Sara Eacopo, this is just the latest gravity defying fundraiser, having completed a 10,000ft skydive for the charity Caudwell Children.

The charity cares for emotionally and practically for disabled children and their families, enabling young people with life limiting conditions to go on holiday to Disney World in Florida.

The nurse, who works at Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust, wants to follow up her skydive in July, which raised nearly £1,600, a new daredevil challenge.

A ban on fundraising wing walks has been recently lifted, allowing Ms Eacopo to pursue this daring walk in the sky – for which she has the support of her family.

She said: “They’re used to my need for adventure, so they’re not surprised that I’m continuing my fundraising in this way.

“I think they admire what I’m doing and I know they’d love to give it a go,” added Ms Eacopo.

Ms Eaucopo has also invited members of the public to join her in her foray into wing walking to raise money for disabled children.

“You’ll be helping disabled children to get the specialist equipment, in-home support, therapies and short break activity days that they need and deserve,” noted Lily Smith, the senior events and challenges co-ordinator at Caudwell Children.

“The more people who sign up to join Sara, the more disabled children we can support,” she said.

“The more people who sign up to join Sara, the more disabled children we can support”

Sara Eacopo

Ms Eacopo’s wing walk is scheduled to take place on 11 April 2019 at RFC Rendcombe Aerodrome in Gloucestershire.

It will consist of an on-ground briefing followed by 10 minutes harnessed to the wing of plane that is performing aerial gymnastics for friends and family viewing the walk from the ground.

The participants will be safely ensconced in a five-point harness throughout the duration of the flight.

However, because of the physical demands of the event, the participants must meet some requirements.

Ms Smith said: “Wing walkers must be over 18 years old and must be between 5 and 6 feet tall and weigh less than 12 stone.

“You’ll also need to be agile enough to climb up to the top wing of the aircraft, which is around 10ft,” she noted.

If interested in joining Ms Eacopo on her fundraiser, call Lily Smith at 01782 433755 or email challenges@caudwellchildren.com

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