Elaine Wynn-Mackenzie, from Shaftsbury, will be taking on the amazing challenge of flying at 130mph speeds strapped to the wing of a biplane on the 11th August to raise vital funds and awareness of pancreatic cancer.
The Retired nurse has been motivated to fundraise for national charity Pancreatic Cancer Action, after losing 3 close friends to the disease. Elaine and her husband’s friend from their local Rotary group, sadly died just a few weeks ago, only just making it past his 3-month prognosis.
Elaine says “I have often mentioned to my husband that it looked a fun thing to do, never thinking that one day I might actually do it. Mind you it is becoming less attractive the nearer the date gets!”
“When my husband, David bought me the Wingwalk voucher, call it fate, but I just felt it seemed right to seize this opportunity, to raise money for pancreatic cancer.”
“I will be doing it in their memory and the many others who have suffered this disease. My husband is a retired GP and myself a retired nurse, so we have both have a medical background and we nursed such patients as well as having had the personal experience to the disease.”
Pancreatic cancer is the UK’s 5th biggest cancer killer. The survival rate is just 6% which is the lowest of any cancer.
Pancreatic Cancer Action is committed to working towards earlier diagnosis of the disease so that surgery, currently the only cure, is made available to the sufferer. The charity fund research into early diagnosis, provide medical education programmes, and launch awareness campaigns.
Ali Stunt, Founder of Pancreatic Cancer Action, said: “We are delighted that Elaine is giving her time to support Pancreatic Cancer Action in this amazing challenge. We are very sorry to hear that Elaine has lost so many people to the disease but it is a great way to turn it into a positive.”
“We rely solely on donations from the public and thanks to people like Elaine we can continue our vital work. Please back Elaine in her fundraising efforts so that we can continue research into early diagnosis and raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”
To sponsor Elaine please visit her Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/elainewynn-mackenzie