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'Whacky Weekend' at Gedney's Wingland Airfield

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Pete and Jenny Higgins at Wingland airfield, Gedney Dyke (3748143)
Pete and Jenny Higgins at Wingland airfield, Gedney Dyke (3748143)

For the best part of 20 years, Jenny Higgins and her husband Pete have been fundraising for two major charities with their ‘Whacky Weekends’.

The couple, who run Wingland Airfield at Gedney, will be raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance at the event from Friday, August 31, until Sunday (September 2).

It has now become a biannual event after the first was held with friends for Jenny’s 50th birthday - and this year's promises to be jam-packed with family fun.

They are inviting aviators and the public to come together in support.

Aviators and those staying the weekend will be arriving from the Friday, but the public are welcomed to come on Saturday and Sunday, with the free event running from 8am until late.

Jenny said: "I do what I can. Macmillan is such a wonderful cause and without these kind of donations they would no longer exist."

Having worked as a nurse for 30 years at Holbeach Hospital, Jenny has a great respect for Macmillan nurses.

During the years of fundraising for cancer support, Jenny was herself diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago and understands more than ever the amazing value of the services offered by Macmillan. She says she has continued fundraising throughout her illness, exactly the same as she has always done.

Husband Pete estimates they raise at least £1,000 form each event for each cause, with 300 and 400 visitors each time.

Activities include an all-day barbecue on the Saturday, bouncy castles, a raffle and visitors riding around on their own scooters and mini-motorbikes.

Pete said: "We did the first near to when we founded the airfield because it was my wife's birthday. We got friends to fly in every time, but as more and more came each time, one a year wasn't enough and we started having them in August too."

"The Macmillan nurses are absolutely ace, and where would we be without the air ambulance?"

The couple have owned the airfield for nearly 20 years, seeing paramotors, British and international champions and air ambulance style helicopters often making an appearance at their many fundraisers.

Jenny explained: "The whole thing started when I bought my husband a surprise microlight flight as a present, purely as a joke due to his fear of heights; and he's been hooked ever since, getting us to the point where we own three - and an airfield."

Tanya Taylor, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said: "I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Jenny and her husband Pete for all their continued support, and for hosting these amazing Whacky Weekends.

"The monies raised will help to make a huge difference to people affected by cancer in Lincolnshire."

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