Friday, 9 May 2014

Local man attempts world record in microlight

Tomorrow, Will Hughes from Maulden, will be attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the most take offs and landings in a microlight (weather permitting). The attempt will involve climbing to a new height of 1000 feet above the airfield before beginning his decent. To break the record, Will needs to achieve as many take offs, circuits and landings as possible in one hour, in a 20-meter box on the runway.  

Will is completing this challenge in aid of Keech Hospice Care, which offers support to children with life-limiting conditions across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, and adults from Luton and South Beds. The hospice provides practical and emotional support to patients and their families, helping them enjoy the highest quality of life possible. 

Will explains his reason for choosing to support Keech Hospice Care: 

“I consider myself to be part of the fortunate majority of people who can choose to experience many pleasures in life. One of mine is microlight flying and I have been lucky enough, and continue, to share this enjoyment with my children. In fact, I take it for granted that my children will always be around. Having recently visited Keech Hospice Care I was personally humbled and inspired by the courage of these children and their parents where opportunity for even the simplest of pursuits can be seriously limited. That’s why I have decided to complete this challenge for them.”

If you want to show your support and are in the area tomorrow, head over to Bedford microlights (Longacres Farm, Bedford Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 1ND) where they will be hosting a hog roast, evening entertainment and a licensed bar. People are invited to either fly in or drive, and there is space to camp over or stay at the local hotel. During the afternoon, P&M Aviation will be show casing and offering trial flights in their latest two aircrafts for a small donation to Keech Hospice. 

We wish you all the best, good luck Will!

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