A group of aircraft engineers and crew went on the pull in aid of a Preston-based charity.
The group of 20 from budget airline, Jet2.com, joined forces at Blackpool Airport in an attempt to pull one of the airlines’ 35 tonne Boeing 737-300 aircraft 30 metres to raise vital funds for the SPACE Centre charity based at Peddars Lane.
Mike Hitchmough, an engineer based at Blackpool Airport from Chorley, helped to organise the event with pilot, Chris Lindsey, who’s sister uses the charity’s facilities.
Mike said; “It all came about because I had taken my daughter to an event in support of the SPACE Centre.
“I thought it was dreadful what had happened to the centre so we came up with the plan to pull the jet.
“It was hard to plan but Jet2.com were very helpful.
“It was quite nerve wracking as plans were arriving and departing all the time we were doing it.”
Mike added; “It isn’t really about us, the fact that we had fun doing it was a bonus but it’s really about raising money for SPACE.”
Hilary Holden, Fundraising Co-ordinator at SPACE, said; “I can’t thank Jet2.com enough for the effort and enthusiasm which has gone into this charity plane pull.
It is certainly the most ambitious and exciting fundraising initiative I’ve been involved in and it’s fantastic that such a key business in the region is helping us fulfil our vision of providing an even better sensory experience for even more people.”
The jet pull is set to have raised over £1,000 going towards the £250,000 target to equip the amazing sensory room in the new centre.
If you would like to donate any money to the centre please call 01772 769391.