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St Austell RAF veteran wing walks for charity

St Austell RAF veteran wing walks for charity

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:54am 23rd November 2019. (Updated at 7:56am 23rd November 2019)

Meet the 76-year-old RAF veteran from St Austell - who has just completed a wing walk for charity.

David 'Terry' Earl took part in the daring fundraising challenge on Saturday 16th November, raising more than £3,000 for the RAF Benevolent Fund and Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust.

The pensioner raised money for the two charities by wing walking - a stunt that involves standing on the wings of a plane during flight - at Bodmin Airfield in Cardinham.

David spent 27 years in the RAF, starting out as a cadet at in 1961 and retiring as a Wing Commander in 1988. 

wingwalker - RAF Benevolent Fund

Clocking up a total of 9,000 flying hours while serving, he flew Shackletons and Nimrods and commanded No. 201 Squadron 1983-1985. He has also been a civilian flying instructor for some 20 years.

"I wanted to do something a little different to celebrate my 60th year as a qualified pilot. 

"Having spent the best part of three decades in the Royal Air Force, the RAF Benevolent Fund was a natural fit for my fundraising efforts." 

RAF veteran David 'Terry' Earl

wingwalker - RAF Benevolent Fund

In 2018, the RAF Benevolent Fund spent almost £800,000 supporting beneficiaries across Cornwall and Devon alone.

"We're always humbled and impressed by the great lengths - or in this case, heights - that our fundraisers go to raise money for us. 

"David's generosity goes a long way in helping us reach and support members of the RAF Family, so on behalf of everyone here at the Fund - thank you."

Heather Kemp, Regional Fundraiser at the RAF Benevolent Fund

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