A HIGH-FLYING Redditch employee has been working hard and ‘winging it’ to raise money for a local charity.
On August 13, Tracy Richards, who works for fashion retailer Pep&Co took to the skies to complete a sponsored wing-walk in aid of Home-Start, Redditch.
So far she has raised almost £550 for the charity which is in financial difficulty and facing closure if it cannot secure permanent funding.
Now Tracy is hoping more people will come and sponsor her retrospectively.
Daring deputy manager Tracy said: “I noticed something on social media about Home-Start’s plight and decided to do something to help them.
“I had a wing-walking voucher for Christmas last year and decided this was the way to do it.”
The stunt involved being strapped to the wings of a 1940s US Navy plane as it flew at around 500 feet above the ground.
“I was amazed to find that I wasn’t actually scared at all, even as the plane did a few nose-dives and twists and turns,” said the 36 year-old.
“It was just so exhilarating – I would definitely do it again for charity.
“Home-Start they are such an amazing charity that helps so many families and a lot of our customers too – it would a great shame to lose them,” she added.
Home-Start has helped thousands of vulnerable families in Redditch and Bromsgrove and have been appealing for people to help raise the funds needed to remain open.
Pep&Co has also donated almost £500 to Home-Start with money from their 5p carrier bag charge and Tracy hopes they can continue to support them over the coming year.
Debbie McCammon, senior co-ordinator at Home-Start, said: “What an achievement. Our sincere thanks and appreciation go to Tracy for her generous gift of her time and fundraising for us.”
Visit http://bit.ly/2aZcIZk to donate or go to http://bit.ly/2bs3Aha to help Home-Start.