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Berkshire grandfather set to make history as world's oldest Wing Walker

14-06-2023
Created by potrace 1.16, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2019

John Symmonds, aged 95, is set to make the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest person to do a wing walk and hopes to raise lots of money to support Thames Hospice. Thames Hospice is very close to John’s heart as we cared for his late beloved wife Ann at their home last year.

Born on 2 February 1928, John now lives in Warfield and continues to enjoy a very active social life folk dancing, walking, as well as killer Sudoku! John (or as we now call our wonderful supporter #wingmanjohn) will make aeronautical history on 20 June 2023, doing his Wing Walk at Rendcomb Airfield in Gloucestershire.

John says: “My beautiful wife, Ann, passed away in February 2021 supported by the wonderful Thames Hospice nurses. They not only gave Ann the most compassionate and caring support but also allowed my family to be her husband and her daughters. With their guidance and care, Ann was surrounded by the love of her family when she passed. We cannot thank them enough.

“So, to try and pay back just a little, I am taking on the challenge of my life. I shall take to the skies on 20 June strapped to a small plane. At 95 years young I shall be the oldest wing walker in the world and feature in the Guinness Book of World Records. As I ‘reach for the sky’, please do sponsor my endeavour by donating what you can. Your generosity will ensure Thames Hospice is able to support many more families like mine and give others, like Ann, the dignity and compassion they deserve.”

Please support John as he makes aeronautical history by donating to his page and help spread the word about our remarkable, brave, record-breaking fundraiser! #WingmanJohn

Donate to John's page

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