Wing walks in memory of 86-year-old Malvern woman, daughter

  • By Ben Sidwell & Sophie Madden
  • BBC West Midlands

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Audrey Harris has raised almost £3,000 in memory of daughter Angie

An 86-year-old woman has set a new record by paragliding to raise money in her daughter’s memory.

Audrey Harris, from Malvern, Worcestershire, undertook the brave feat in aid of the Fitzroy charity, which was caring for her daughter Angie.

So far he has raised almost £3,000 through the challenge, achieved with the help of AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

The walk was „very exciting,” she said.

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Ms Harris said the experience „took me away”.

Angie, who was disabled, died of Covid-19 earlier this year and supported Fitzroy throughout her life providing support services to adults with learning disabilities, autism and complex mental health support needs.

„I wanted to pay them back by looking after him for 30 wonderful years,” Ms Harris said.

Of his efforts, David Burrell, lead formation wing-walking pilot, said: „I think it’s fantastic. It proves that people of that age can do things like that. It’s a great experience anyway.”

Ms. Harris flew atop a 1943 Boeing Steerman, flying 700 feet and 100 mph in the air for 10 minutes.

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Daughter Tania Charles said she was very proud of her mother

Tania Charles, another of Mrs Harris’s daughters, said: „I’m so proud of her.

„She was amazing and so brave to do it in memory of my sister Angie.”

Asked if she would do another wing walk, Ms Harris said: „Not tomorrow, but one day maybe – and loop-de-loop, you never know.”

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