Duo kept ‘sea to the left’ for mammoth fund-raising flight

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Daring flight enthusiasts put their endurance and flying skills to the test on a microlight challenge around the British Isles.

Tim Burrow and Neil King completed the epic 2,200-mile journey over nine days to raise money for two charities close to their hearts.

Tim Burrow and Neil King completed a microlight challenge around the British Isles

Tim Burrow and Neil King completed a microlight challenge around the British Isles

The journey took them from St Michael’s airfield in Garstang up to Scotland, down to Cornwall and everywhere in between, each of them flying in their own microlight and setting up camp each night.

They nick-named their expedition ‘Sea to the Left’ - since as long as they kept the ocean on that side, they were travelling in the right direction.

Tim, a builder from Preston, said: “The sense of achievement when we finished the trip was huge.

“There were some tough times when we really had to dig in and push on; when you’re flying up to 400 miles in one day there’s bound to be.

“It was an amazing experience and when it was all over I must admit we were left feeling a bit lost”

Tim Burrow

“But it was an amazing experience and when it was all over I must admit we were left feeling a bit lost.

“It’s made us start thinking about our next trip - maybe this time we could venture to Europe!”

Tim used the challenge to raise money for St Catherine’s Hospice, where his wife Katharine works, while Neil was flying in aid of The Christie cancer hospital, where his daughter Sharon was looked after before she sadly died in 2005.

They raised more than £7,300, which has been split equally between the two charities.

The duo in action

The duo in action

Tim dedicated the adventure to his late friend Mike Rushworth, who first got him into flying 11 years ago.

“Without Mike, there wouldn’t have been any of this,” he explained. “It was him who got me excited about flying all those years ago and inspired me to continue with this fantastic hobby.”

Norman Cutler, senior fund-raiser at St Catherine’s in Lostock Hall, said: “This is certainly one of the more unusual challenges to have taken place in aid of St Catherine’s!

“We’re so impressed with what Tim and Neil have achieved and would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to them and everyone who has supported them.”

Tim Burrow (left) and Neil King present the cheque to fundraiser Norman Cutler (centre)

Tim Burrow (left) and Neil King present the cheque to fundraiser Norman Cutler (centre)