At the approach of self-confessed adrenaline junkie Val Russell’s 76th birthday last year, her friends and family had completely run out of ideas what to get her – so what could be better than sending her on yet another nail-biting adventure, this time 3000ft in the air piloting her very own glider plane!
Val, a long term valued supporter of St Christopher’s, couldn’t resist making her first flying experience even more exciting, and so also challenged herself to raise £1000 to mark the anniversary of her mother’s death in 2011.
Val said: “Because of lockdown, this prior adrenaline junky had rather a lot of time to consider the dangers involved at my age, and over the course of 2020 ‘Val the Adrenaline Junky’ was replaced by ‘Val the Anxious Grandma’.”
With the kind help of her family, friends, Oddfellows, Darrick Wood Pool and the Keniston Housing Association, Val successfully exceeded her fundraising target during the long wait for her lesson – and just as successfully took control of the two-seater glider that she finally flew around Arundel Castle with the Southdown Gliding Club last month!
Despite being safely back on solid ground, it seems that Val isn’t quite ready to let go of her newfound love for heights, telling us that “Next year, my husband has decided I will go ‘wing walking’ for charity – so watch this space.”
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