Sue’s wing walk will raise cash for hospital

Sue Barber (front) with her Pikachu money box  also pictured at Holbeach Hospital charity shop are Jean Smith, Jenny Spencer, Jessica Jeakings, Sues mum Ed Thomas and Jocelyn Darlow. SG250217-302TW
Sue Barber (front) with her Pikachu money box  also pictured at Holbeach Hospital charity shop are Jean Smith, Jenny Spencer, Jessica Jeakings, Sues mum Ed Thomas and Jocelyn Darlow. SG250217-302TW

Air shows featuring the wing walking Utterly Butterly girls have inspired a Holbeach woman to match their daring at a Lincolnshire airfield in May.

Sue Barber (58) has saved up the £500 needed to pay for the flight on a vintage Stearman aircraft so that every single penny given in donations can go to her chosen good cause, Holbeach Hospital.

Sue works in accountancy at Salway and Wright’s Holbeach branch and calls the cash she earns at her other job, bookkeeping for the town’s family-run ice cream firm, Laddies, her “mad money” because it is perfect for saving up to fund adventures like her chosen flight of fancy.

In the past, Sue’s adventurous streak has seen her do a parachute jump, abseil down the walls of Lincolnshire’s historic Tattershall Castle and ride in a hot air balloon.

Sue said: “Ever since I saw the Utterly Butterly girls, I’ve always wanted to wing walk. I watched them and thought I would so love to do that.

“I thought it would be a good idea to raise some money for charity at the same time and Holbeach Hospital seemed like a good choice because it’s not funded by the NHS. They need our support and it’s local.”

The wing walk flight, booked through Into the Blue, will happen at Wickenby Airfield.

Sue will receive a full, pre-flight briefing and training, which will include detailed instructions on use of the rig and belts that will allow her to stand on top of the wing.

The training also involves learning hand signals because the wing walker can’t hear the pilot when they are in flight.

The actual flight takes about ten minutes.

Among spectators on the day will be Sue’s mum and daughter, Ed (88) and Brieanna (24).

So far Sue has collected donations in a Pikachu money box, fashioned after one of the Pokemon characters, but she is aiming to set up an appeal online so people can donate to Holbeach Hospital if they so wish.

You can also make donations at the Holbeach Hospital charity shop in High Street.

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