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Be The Isle Of Wight's First Wing Walker with Mountbatten

Islanders will have the chance to soar through the skies as part of the Isle of Wight’s very first wing-walking event next March. 

Mountbatten has secured an exclusive partnership which will enable a team of 28 daredevil fundraisers to take on the challenge above Sandown Airport on March 26 and 27.

The Island charity will be the first organisation to offer the experience on the Isle of Wight.

Registration opens today (Friday, 4 August) and costs £80.

Mounbatten's Lorraine White visited Isle of Wight Radio's Topping in the Morning earlier today:

Mountbatten’s Community Fundraiser, Charlotte Hornblow, said:

“We are seeing an increase in our supporters taking on a range of daring challenge events to raise funds for Mountbatten and this exclusive charity wing walk is right up there.

"We’re very excited to be the first to offer this opportunity to Islanders.”

Thrill-seekers raising money for Mountbatten will board vintage Boeing Stearman biplane, Ethel Dares, before taking to the skies around 500ft above the Island.

There is a minimum fundraising target of £1,000 per wing walker and, for those registering for the 26 March date, the person who raises the most in sponsorship by March 16 will be able to claim the title of being the first person to ever wing walk over the Island.

Andrew Black, CEO of Ethel Dares, said:

“We are really excited to be teaming up with Mountbatten to offer the Island’s first-ever wing walk experience.

“It’s a once in a lifetime experience to take to the skies riding the wing of our vintage biplane and we hope it will raise a huge amount of money for Mountbatten, who do such vital work for Islanders.”

You can register to be part of Mountbatten’s first aerobatic team online.

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