CHRISTINE Bunting is to challenge her fear of heights when she wing walks for children’s charity Cerebra.
The director of Hyphen Law, a specialist Court of Protection law firm based in Swindon, Christine, 57, will bravely climb onto the wing of a 1940s Boeing Stearman biplane and, in the experienced hands of a pilot from the famous Breitling Wing Walking team, will be flown across the Gloucestershire countryside.
She will wing walk to raise much-needed funds for Cerebra, a charity devoted to helping children and young people with brain-related conditions.
Her pilot will be taking her through a nerve-wracking set of aerobatic manoeuvres, including lower level fly pasts and thrilling, heart-stopping dives.
Christine is not averse to overcoming her fear of heights. Two years’ ago, much to the amazement of her family, friends and colleagues, she skydived over Salisbury Plain in aid of Cerebra, raising over £3,500 for the charity.
Now she’s braving the skies once again and the prospect is somewhat daunting.
Christine said: “I wanted to do one last big fundraiser for Cerebra before I hit the ‘big 60’ which is rapidly approaching! I spent last winter wondering what I could do to top my sky dive because I wanted to do something that people would feel was really worthwhile to pay me to do.
“An idea began to brew and in a moment of, what I can only describe as complete and utter madness, I decided to sign up and perform a wing walk. Of course, now I’ve started telling people and raising money, I can’t quite back out and I have to go ahead with it!”
Wing walking has its roots in the early days of aviation, when reckless daredevils wowed the crowds with stunning displays of boldness and bravery. Christine will be securely strapped to the top wing of the authentic vintage biplane and will be joining the ranks of the select few members of the public who have thrown caution to the wind and taken to the skies, pushing their courage to the absolute limit.
Christine said: “I am truly terrified at the prospect of the wing walk but I am determined to do it as I know how much the charity can achieve with the funds that are raised.
“I have set myself a tall target of raising £5,000 for Cerebra and would be most grateful if anyone would like to make a contribution – no matter how small – to help the children and young people with brain conditions that Cerebra supports.”