A daredevil woman who suffers from Parkinson’s disease raised more than £1,000 for charity by braving a wing walk on an aircraft flying at 800ft.
Charmaine Poundes (52), who was diagnosed with the debilitating condition in 2013, said she felt hardly any nerves during her recent challenge in aid of Parkinson’s UK, which carries out research and supports sufferers.
Charmaine, of Asfordby, said: “I didn’t know what to expect really. I spoke to someone who had done it beforehand and she likened it to my favourite fairground ride. I didn’t really feel nervous and it turned out to be an excellent experience. The only trouble I actually had was trying to get on top of the aircraft because of my Parkinson’s.”
The mum-of-one was accompanied on the day by boyfriend, Phil, and some friends as she took on the fundraiser at Selby Airfield in Yorkshire.
She was strapped in securely to the top of the wing of a Spearman bi-plane before it took off and flew around the area for 10 minutes.
“I wore two fleeces and my Parkinson’s UK T-shirt,” said Charmaine. “My body was warm but my hands and face were very cold and I couldn’t stop my nose running. It was a surreal experience being up there and the view was spectacular.”
The charity’s coffers have also been swelled by £406 from a coffee morning held in Melton Library by the town’s Parkinson’s support group - around 30 people meet with the group every third Thursday in the month at The Edge community centre in Dalby Road.
Charmaine is already planning her next fundraising event and again it won’t be for the faint-hearted. She added: “I might do some stunt car driving and I have also been thinking of riding a motorbike through a ring of fire.”