A Magnificent Man On A Flying Machine

Published 16 November 2015

Geoff Furness gives the thumbs up before he takes to the skies

Adventurous fundraiser Geoff Furness has raised more than £1,500 for a Derbyshire sight loss charity by taking a walk in the sky.

The building manager from Smalley took his charity endeavours to new heights by taking a flight across the North Yorkshire coast strapped to the wing of a bi-plane.

His wing walk, in aid of Sight Support Derbyshire, was the latest in a series of exploits which had already seen him walk on hot coals for the sight loss charity when it was known as Derbyshire Association For The Blind, and complete a sky dive for another good cause.

Geoff, who works in Nottingham, said: “It was a brilliant experience and a great day all round. All the team involved were exceptionally good, very informative and very helpful. Up in the air, it was very blustery. We reached a top speed of 101mph. Even my eyebrows were windswept.”

Time was running out for Geoff to take on his latest challenge, which had to be done before he turned 65. He raised a total of £1,573 in sponsorship from friends and family as well as local businesses Kirk Contracts, Smith Cooper, Spenbeck, MWE, Bennetts Building Services, Hawthorn Estates Ltd, Lester Lowe Ltd, Geoff Cox and CHC Land.

The changes Geoff has noticed in his own eyesight over the years was one of the reasons why he chose to raise funds for Sight Support Derbyshire, a local charity offering practical, social and emotional support to blind and visually impaired children and adults.

Eileen Bagguley, Communications and Fundraising Manager for Sight Support Derbyshire, said: “We’re thrilled that Geoff took on this challenge. He certainly flew through the air with the greatest of ease. He’s raised a huge amount of money towards our services for local blind and visually impaired people. We are always keen to hear from fundraisers who like an adrenaline rush and we’ll support them throughout their challenge.

“To put what Geoff has achieved into context, £1,500 would more than cover the cost of funding our leisure services department for a month. This means our charity can provide transport,social groups and activities for visually impaired people, which is vital in reducing the risk of social isolation, especially among our more elderly members.”

Below: Geoff thanks his sponsors

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