On a wing and a prayer!

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88-year old Cheltenham gran of two Betty Bromage hopes to make it into the Guinness World Record Books with her third wing walk in Gloucestershire this month.

Choosing to celebrate her 89 years soaring through the skies above Gloucestershire, Betty hopes to make it into the record books by becoming the world’s oldest female wing walker. In 2017, aged 88, Betty’s second wing walk earned her the badge of oldest UK female wing walker, but she is hoping to take her daredevil record-breaking exploits further this year by gliding her way into the Guinness World Records with her latest 200-foot-high wing walk.

Betty is currently waiting to hear back from Guinness to see if she has made it into the record books. She said, “I first took to the skies three years ago, spurred on by the little daredevil in me and my desire to do something out of the ordinary to raise funds for local charities. It’s a great thrill being up there, and I just want to prove that you are never too old to do these things! Records were made to be broken.” Betty, a former nurse who lives in a retirement home in Cheltenham, hopes the stunt will raise funds for her local hospice, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Betty said, “Sue Ryder and the care they give means so much to me, so I wanted to raise funds for them with my third wing walk. My knees are knocking a bit at the thought of getting back up on the plane again, but I have amazing support and I can’t thank my pilot, Mike Denith, enough for all his help and very kind offer to do the flight for free, so all the funds donated will go straight to the hospice.” She added, “It can be a bit windy and wobbly up there, and I am not relishing the thought of taking on the ‘Beast from the East’ 200 foot up standing on the wings of a plane!” Community Fundraising Manager at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Kelly Rumble said, “Everyone at the hospice is in absolute awe of Betty and her pure grit and determination.

Betty is an inspiration and everyone at the hospice is eagerly following her story, hoping for good weather and keeping their fingers crossed she will be rewarded by making it into the record books!” Betty is due to take on her wing walk on Tuesday 13th March at 2.00pm for a 2.30pm flight time at Staverton Airport. We wish her well.