25th August 2017

Tracey takes to dizzying heights for hospice

A daring daughter soared to dizzying heights with a wing walk in memory of her mum – while raising money for her local hospice.

Tracey Turton, from Worcester, took to the skies atop a 1943 Boeing Stearman earlier this month – reaching heights of more than 500ft and speeds of up to 130mph.

So far, Tracey has raised more than £800 to support the compassionate care provided to patients living with life-limiting illnesses at the Worcester-based hospice.

The 49-year-old said: “St Richard’s is extremely close to my heart as a few months ago I lost my mum to cancer.

“Throughout her illness, St Richard’s provided so much support and care and it’s great knowing that the money I raise will be used to help other families going through a similarly difficult time.

“I decided to do my wing walk on Monday, 14 August as that would have been mum’s 71st birthday.

Mark Grimshaw

Photos by Mark Grimshaw

“She was such a special lady and I thought it would be a great way of celebrating her life by doing something positive. I savoured every single second in the air and it was exhilarating weaving through the skies – I hope I made my mum proud.”

Some of Tracey’s friends and family enjoyed the spectacle, with their feet firmly planted on terra firma, to show their support on the day.

So far, Tracey has raised more than £800 but is hoping to raise £1,000.

Jodi Brandwood, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to Tracey for taking on such an incredible challenge for St Richard’s – it sounds like an amazing experience!

“Not only has Tracey completed her wing walk, she has raised a fantastic amount to support our hospice care which is a great achievement.

“We’re very lucky to have so many brilliant supporters who do all sorts of exciting activities to raise money for our free, compassionate care. We are so grateful for their support.”

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tracey-turton