Three members of the garden retail industry have just days before taking to the skies for an adrenaline-fuelled wing walk in aid of the Greenfingers Charity.
Having been postponed once already after a technical glitch grounded the plane, the trio plan to get airborne on Saturday 29th June in a bid to raise £15,000 for the charity that builds magical gardens at children’s hospices across the UK.
The delay has led to a nerve-wracking wait for GIMA director Vicky Nuttall, SBM LifeScience’s Lowri Walker and Evergreen Garden Care’s Mark Portman – but all three have vowed to take to the skies and raise vital funds for Greenfingers. More than £7,560 has already been pledged by 126 supporters, and the wing walkers have appealed to the industry to back their stunt and smash through the £15,000 fundraising target.
On arrival at RFC Rendcomb Airfield in the Cotswolds, Ms Nuttall, Ms Walker and Mr Portman will be briefed before being strapped to the top wing of a Boeing Stearman biplane, built in the 1940s and used by American forces to train pilots during World War Two.
GIMA’s Vicky Nuttall, a self-confessed “anti-adrenaline junkie,” said: “I won’t lie, I’m terrified of the prospect of the wing walk, but also incredibly excited. I’ve no doubt it’s going to be an afternoon to remember! But no matter how scared I am, I’ll just have to remind myself why I’m doing this. You can’t put a price on what Greenfingers does, so being able to contribute something means a great deal.”
“Greenfingers is a wonderful charity that does lots of positive work at a local level. It is this personal touch that I find so engaging about the charity, and why I am so proud to be able to support it. I hope that my efforts can go some way in assisting the Greenfingers Charity to continue their work both now, and long into the future.” said Evergreen’s Mark Portman, who admitted he is neither a fan of heights or roller coasters.
SBM’s Lowri Walker, who completed a skydive in aid of Greenfingers and Rugby for Heroes several years ago, said: “Nerves kick in every time I think ahead to this, for me this will be one hell of a personal challenge and certainly something which will need a lot of mind over matter!” But she added: “Greenfingers is a truly wonderful and worthwhile charity and it’s not surprising our industry supports it in the way it does.”