Charity flies high after £5k competition award

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A CHARITY that helps seriously ill children experience the magic of flight is itself flying high after winning £5,000 in a national competition.

Flights for Life, based at Wickenby Airfield, has picked up second place in the Douwe Egberts Be a Local Star campaign awards, which saw hundreds of small charities battle it out for much-needed funding.

Now the charity’s chairman, Terry Rumble is thanking the local people in particular who have supported the charity.

“We are thrilled to receive this money and are immensely grateful to everyone throughout the country for voting to get us through to the top ten and, of course, to the judges for awarding us this money,” he said.

“We were up against some extremely worthwhile charities and we are genuinely overwhelmed that the judges have chosen us.

“We thank everyone for the help and support given to us, particularly the people of Market Rasen and Faldingworth who have always been hugely supportive of the charity; we just couldn’t do it without you.”

The money has already been earmarked to provide a modular building at Wickenby Airfield to house much-needed disabled facilities for the children taking to the air to use.

“Fingers crossed, the groundworks will be completed in a few weeks time, so we can get the building delivered and kitted out, so we can deliver our promise of being able to take lots more sick and ill children for a flight.”

The building will also provide a waiting area for the children, as well as a dedicated quiet room, where children can rest or receive any necessary on-going medical treatment needed.

Competition judge and environmentalist Dick Strawbridge said: “Those involved in Flights for Life give their time and experience freely to help very sick children.

“The shelter they’re looking to build will make a huge difference to the children’s comfort.”

Flights for Life was set up three years ago with the aim of providing sick and seriously ill children with the opportunity to experience the magic of flight in a vintage aircraft.

It has been shown, the thrill and excitement of flying not only provides children suffering from serious illnesses with a welcome relief from treatment, it also gives them encouragement and motivation to continue their fight.

“We must say a very special thank you to Steven Turley and Gerald Cooper for allowing us to use the airfield and site the building there,” added Terry.

And as a thank you to Douwe Egberts for making the charity this award, there are plans to paint up one of the noses of the aeroplanes with the company’s logo.