Magnificent boy in his flying machine

A brave and charitable schoolboy will take to the skies to raise money for a children's hospice.

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017, 1:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th October 2017, 3:12 pm
Nathan Sanders set for an aerobatic challenge

Nathan Sanders will buckle up in an aerobatic aircraft for the stomach-churning challenge, as part of an epic fund-raiser for Derian House, which provides specialist care for children and young adults throughout the North West.

The 13-year-old from Marus Bridge will lift off from Take Flight Aviation in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, and complete a stomach-churning series of loops, spins, twists and turns.

He is hoping to raise more than £500 for the Chorley-based hospice, which has a facility in Wigan and cares for many of the borough’s poorliest youngsters.

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And mum Mags spoke about the unique way her son decided to raise money.

“It’s certainly something different!

“It’s not like a sponsored walk or run” she said.

“I don’t mind him doing it at all.

“I’ll have my eyes shut when he’s up there, but I know he’ll be safe.”

Mags even revealed that Nathan wasn’t a complete novice when it came to flying.

She said: “He’s been up in two-seater planes before, which is actually what made him want to be a pilot!

“This time will be a bit more of a challenge though.

“He’ll be up there for about an hour, or until he throws up!”

Mags went on to reveal the heartwarming reason for Nathan’s challenge: “He was quite ill for a few months earlier this year.

“It was quite serious, but luckily not life-threatening.

“After that, he decided he wanted to do something for sick children.

“So he had a look around and saw Derian House as the perfect option.

“There was no question that he was going to do this for them.”

Nathan said: “I’m really excited, I’ve never done this before.

“I’ve never had a fear of flying, but my mum does.

“Luckily it hasn’t been passed on to me!”

The Hawkley Hall High School student added: “People at school have been really on board with it, but I’ve had a load of my friends saying I’m mad.”

Nathan will complete the loop-the-loop challenge on Saturday.

Anyone interested in donating to the cause can do so here