A Littlehampton woman, who wingwalked on a plane at 81 years old, has been named as one of the top 10 quirkiest fundraisers for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as part of the charity’s new Raise Funds Your Way campaign to help fund life saving research.
The nation’s heart charity has revealed the 10 most weird and wonderful ways people have fundraised to fight heart disease to highlight the urgent need for more people to raise funds their own way to help support the BHF’s vital work.
Thrill-seeking Jean Humphreys, 81, has been chosen as one of the charity’s quirkiest fundraisers after taking to the skies for the BHF. Jean carried out the death-defying wing walk after tragically losing her husband Brian to heart failure in 2011 following a stroke.
The daredevil challenge, which saw Jean standing atop a plane as it reached speeds of 90mph, raised over £2,000 for the BHF.
Jean said: “It was incredibly windy, but it was such an amazing experience. It’s great to do something really out of the ordinary for such a good cause.
“It’s wonderful to think that in five or ten years’ time someone could be saved because of the money I’ve raised for the BHF’s life saving research.”
Around 883,000 people across the South East – and 7 million people UK-wide – are fighting a daily battle with cardiovascular disease.
The BHF urgently needs more people across the South East to organise their own unique fundraising events to help transform the lives of people living with these devastating conditions.
Sign up online and download a free fundraising pack at www.bhf.org.uk/yourway for fantastic ideas on how to get involved.
Tina Bajec, Head of Raise Funds Your Way at the BHF, said: “Jean’s story is an inspiration to us all and we are incredibly grateful for her support. Every pound raised will play a crucial role in funding new breakthroughs to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.
“Around seven million people are living with these life-changing conditions, so we urgently need more people help raise money for our research. By organising your own fundraising event like Jean you can help transform the lives millions of people in a way unique to you.”
For more information and to sign up visit www.bhf.org.uk/yourway