Skydivers and Wing Walkers raise £13,000 for the Neurosurgical Department at St. George’s Hospital, Atkinson Morley Wing
On Sunday 17th October, Laura and Holly King took part in an exhilarating wing walkchallenge to support the charity at Headcorn Aerodrome!
In the safe hands of the Wing Walk Company they felt the freedom of flying at speeds of up to 135 mph, all whilst standing on the outside of a plane! Manoeuvres included steep turns, dives and zoom climbs, transitioning from positive -G to weightlessness, they were totally exhilarated!
Also taking part on the day were the amazing team from Garden Club London who made a leap of faith as aerial dare-devils in the skydive in aid of the John King Brain Tumour Foundation.
Christina Cobb , Rhiannon Williams , Nadia Bicho , Phoebe Price ,Nikos Tziotis ,Murray McChlery and Alex Jones took the plunge from 12,000 ft above the Kent countryside free falling at 120mph, each in tandem with an instructor from Jump Headcorn.
Laura who is Chair of the charity said:
“I would encourage everyone to consider fundraising for the John King Brain Tumour Foundation and would highly recommend taking to the skies after being strapped to the top of a 1940s biplane! It was exciting, exhilarating, and unforgettable – and all for a great cause.”
The Skydivers were absolutely brilliant and so dedicated to helping us that they gave up their rest day to jump out of a plane at 12,000ft which is just incredible, and between us we have raised more than £13,000 in sponsorship. That is just amazing.
As the charity has purchased 2 state-of-the-art microscopes for £150,000 each, a cranial head rest for paediatric neurosurgery and also created and continue to maintain a beautiful roof garden outside McKissock Ward at St. George’s, we are now working towards our next project.
We are going to create , with the generous support of the team at Garden Club London, a ‘ Forest in the Sky ‘ on the second-floor balcony adjacent to the Neuro ICU at the Atkinson Morley Wing, which will be a peaceful haven away from the busy ward and will provide much needed respite for patients, who can be wheeled out in their beds, which we hope will aid their recovery. The garden can also be enjoyed by families visiting and staff.
It’s a big project and we need to raise £400,000 , but with your support we know we can raise the money needed and create a beautiful haven which can be enjoyed by generations to come.” – Laura King
You can still donate to our Wing Walk and Skydive Challenge via Just Giving pages at: