Fearless pensioner tackles wingwalk for GNAAS


A FEARLESS pensioner has handed over vital funds to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after being strapped to the wing of a 1940s biplane.  Peter Levett from Ovington, North Yorkshire, took to the skies and completed the stomach-churning wingwalk at Breighton Airfield, near Selby, while raising more than £1,600 for charity.  The 63-year-old said: “Since taking early retirement two years ago, I have been ticking things off my ‘before I die’ bucket list. “It’s something I’d wanted to do for many years and now at the ripe young age of 63, I finally had the chance to do it.

A FEARLESS pensioner has handed over vital funds to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after being strapped to the wing of a 1940s biplane. 

Peter Levett from Ovington, North Yorkshire, took to the skies and completed the stomach-churning wingwalk at Breighton Airfield, near Selby, while raising more than £1,600 for charity. 

The 63-year-old said: “Since taking early retirement two years ago, I have been ticking things off my ‘before I die’ bucket list.

“It’s something I’d wanted to do for many years and now at the ripe young age of 63, I finally had the chance to do it. It was amazing. 

“I thought that if I’m going to risk life and limb then someone should get some benefit from it and that’s why I decided to support GNAAS. 

“They save so many lives, be they bikers like me, people in remote locations such as farmers and fell walkers or anyone anywhere who is in urgent need of medical assistance.”

The daredevil already has plans to take another flight. He said: “They don’t let you do acrobatics the first time and I want to go upside down.” 

Mr Levett and his wife Barbara visited the GNAAS airbase at Durham Tees Valley Airport on September 14 and handed over a cheque to the aircrew. 

Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS said: “Peter has proved that age is just a number and has completed challenges that many half his age wouldn’t consider. We want to thank him for raising more than three times his original fundraising target.” 

To take on a challenge in aid of GNAAS visit our Challenges page.

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