For many years now, people have been using the Land’s End to John O’Groats journey to raise money for charity. Wheelbarrows, horses, bedsteads and just about any mobile carriage has been used at one time or another.
My pals down at the Paramotor Club at Lambourn have cooked up a plot to fly six paramotors on the journey in aid of The Forces Children’s Trust and UK Air Ambulance services. Both are dear to the heart of the organizer and Chief Flying Instructor, Simon Westmore.
Simon earns his crust by teaching people to fly paramotors but for a number of years he was a soldier. In these troubled times his motivation to support the children’s charity is pretty obvious, the Air Ambulance connection less so. Some time ago Simon’s father was involved in an accident with a JCB, it rolled on him leaving him critically injured and close to death. The Air Ambulance in Devon, which at the time was a very new addition to the counties medical facilities, whisked him away to hospital. Without it, it is certain his Dad would not be with us now.
As it is he will be waving the boys off on the 29th July this year when they strike East then North for John O’ Groats.
I will pass you more information as the Event unfolds, the website will be live soon but until then you can find out more here.