Wing walk raises over £6,000
It was a day to remember for Natasha Bill as she soared skywards on top of a Stearman biplane.
The 22-year-old wing walked in aid of charity with her stunt raising a total of £6,199.87 for the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk Hospital.
She carried it out at Damyns Hall Airfield, near Upminster, in Essex, and the Level 2 practitioner at the Little Teapots Pre School, in Chedburgh, has handed over a cheque to the charity.
“It was certainly a day to remember and I have a video of it,” she said. “I could not have asked for better weather on the day and I just missed the rain.
“Family and friends came along to give me support and I’m really pleased and delighted with the amount I have raised … it’s been amazing.”
Natasha, who lives in Acton, near Sudbury, got the impetus to carry out the stunt following a conversation with her father Stephen while he was being cared for at the hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.
She said her 59-year-old father, who was a chef at a local school where he was born in Bristol and also worked on cruise ships, suffered from cancer of the bladder and the illness moved to his lungs and spread to other parts of his body. He sadly died last year.
The money is targeted at the Macmillan Unit, where her father was cared for, mainly for the information centre to purchase reading books to help children understand their relatives’ cancer and to help fund swimming lessons for patients at the Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre.
It’s here where teacher Sarah Taylor helps patients exercise.
And patient David Rogers said: “Sarah is brilliant and even though I’m a swim teacher for the Beavers at the Bury Swim Club it has made a huge difference to me having these lessons. We all go for coffee afterwards in the café and it’s lovely to have a chat with other patients for an hour or so.”