AN OCTOGENARIAN from Warwickshire is preparing to fly high on a wing and a prayer.
Peter Amis from Lighthorne, is preparing to perform a sponsored Wing Walk on Saturday (July 10) to raise money for Warwick Lions Club and to mark the charitable network’s 60th anniversary.
The 86-year-old, who professes to a history of falling off ladders, will be soaring to some 500ft harnessed on the wing of a 1940s biplane travelling at around 140mph.
Peter, a welfare officer for the club, has set a fund-raising target of £6,000 – a nod to its anniversary milestone – of which some £2,500 has been raised so far.
The volunteer said the inspiration behind the ‘slightly mad and risky project’ was the thought of what the money could do for those in need since the pandemic forced all fund-raising events to be cancelled.
He added: “In a normal year we raise close to £15,000. The two main fundraisers are the Warwick Town Bonfire and Carols in the Castle. Since March 2020 and Covid, at a time when demand was high, all fund-raising activities had to be shut down. So to mark the 60th anniversary of the club, each member has agreed to undertake a fund-raising effort reflecting the figure six.
“Having got over the initial euphoria of making the booking, buyer’s remorse did creep in, but I’m over that now. The main thing that’s keeping me going is the thought of what any money raised can do for other people less fortunate than me.”
Visit www.justgiving.co.uk/fundraising/lionpeterswingwalk to donate to Peter’s cause.