Are you brave enough to wing walk for Rennie Grove Hospice?

Tessa Mannering, Hannah Briggs and Sadie Hall from Rennie Grove Hospice Care

Tessa Mannering, Hannah Briggs and Sadie Hall from Rennie Grove Hospice Care - Credit: Archant

Dare yourself to reach new heights by wing walking in aid of Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

Hannah Briggs preparing for her wing walk.

Hannah Briggs preparing for her wing walk. - Credit: Archant

The charity has places available for fundraisers to take to the skies and experience the thrill of a real bird’s eye view of life while strapped securely to a brightly-coloured biplane.

This out of the ordinary challenge takes place on Sunday July 8 at Damyns Hall, Essex, under the watchful care of the Aerobatic Tactics team.

Rennie Grove health care assistant Hannah Briggs was one of the daring thrill seekers to take part last year: “It was amazing, such a great experience. I would do it again tomorrow.”

Hannah added: “I was a bit apprehensive at first, but you soon forget all about the fact that you are strapped to the top of a plane and just enjoy it.

“It was the most incredible feeling; it was really windy and you can see so far – I think I could see London in the distance.”

Hannah took part along with Rennie Grove nursing colleagues Sadie Hall and Tessa Mannering. “It was wonderful being there with everyone on the day and being involved, and raising money for Rennie Grove,” said Hannah.

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“Wing walking was never something I had thought about doing, and I had never done anything like it before. But it was so brilliant that it has given me a push to do something else like it again.”

You too could discover your inner adventurer by joining the Rennie Grove wing walkers. All safety equipment and the information you need is provided by Aerobatic Tactics – the only company in the UK who allow you to do this challenge as a fundraising experience, so please consider doing this challenge for Rennie Grove.

The upper weight limit for the walk is 12st 2lb (77kgs) and the age limit is 65, but you can fly up to 75 years of age with a GP’s declaration of good health.

You can take part in the walk with as many or as few people as you’d like, so spread the word and get a team together; visit for full details.

You will need to raise a minimum of £600 sponsorship (approx £300 of this goes to Rennie Grove services, the rest covers the cost of the event).

But if staying attached to a plane is not your thing, you could try jumping from one instead with a sponsored tandem skydive challenge on Sunday June 10.

Rennie Grove Hospice care nurse Katie Stanyon took the fundraising plunge last summer and says that the experience was so amazing that everyone should have a go.

“The day was surprisingly emotional. My family and friends were there to support me and on the way up I was not nervous or scared – I was just thinking what a lovely thing to be able to do, thinking about all my brave patients and families that I have the privilege to care for. I was doing it for them.”

The minimum amount of sponsorship to raise for the tandem skydive is £400 (approx £200 goes to Rennie Grove and the rest covers the costs of the jump).

For more information, please call 01442 820732 or email