Duo to take on 2,200-mile journey for St Catherine’s Give A gift campaign

Tim Burrow (left) and Neil King ahead of their microlight challenge

Tim Burrow (left) and Neil King ahead of their microlight challenge

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Two daring flight enthusiasts will reach dizzy heights on a 2,200-mile journey by microlight around the British Isles.

Tim Burrow and Neil King had originally planned to fly from Land’s End to John O’Groats, but their journey will now take in the whole of the British mainland coastline to raise cash for charity.

We’re planning to complete the entire journey in six days, starting and finishing at St Michael’s airfield near Garstang.

Tim Burrow

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

The pair are aiming to set off for the six-day trip in May, but Tim, 44, a builder from Preston, said: “We will have to set off at fairly late notice, once we know we have got a decent weather forecast.

“We’re planning to complete the entire journey in six days, starting and finishing at St Michael’s airfield near Garstang. Seeing the various things Neil has organised over the years in memory of Sharon has been an inspiration for me, and I decided it was about time I did my bit.

“Katharine has worked at St Catherine’s for more than 12 years and I have heard first-hand about all the fantastic work they do, so I’m proud to be supporting them with this adventure.”

Neil, 67, from Bolton, has been flying microlights for the past 25 years.

He said: “I’ve never done an expedition this long – or spent so many nights in a tent!

“I’ve done something each year since Sharon died, including a 60-mile bike ride last year with my daughter and granddaughters, three generations of us taking part together.

“I was humbled by the dedication of all those involved in Sharon’s care. It’s important to me to do something to recognise that, and 10 years on this is an extra special challenge.

“Some time after starting to plan this trip I was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer. The prognosis is quite good but it makes this event seem more important.”

The duo has nicknamed their expedition “sea to the left” – since as long as they keep the sea on that side, they will be travelling in the right direction.

Emma Jacovelli, community fundraiser at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “In 2015 we’re celebrating 30 years of St Catherine’s Hospice and we’re delighted to hear about such a unique event taking place during our special anniversary year.”

To donate, visit www.
seattotheleft.org.uk. To find out how to support St Catherine’s during the 30th anniversary year, including information about their Give A Gift campaign, visit www.stcatherines.co.uk, email giveagift@stcatherines.co.uk or call 01772 695290.