Victory roll for fundraiser Keith
Spitfire flight in aid of the Red Cross
A THRILLSEEKER flew a plane on Tuesday to raise money for the British Red Cross.
Keith Gillard, who is from Chalfont St Peter, flew over Kent for 20 minutes in a refurbished Second World War Spitfire.
A builder by trade, Mr Gillard paid almost £3,000 to do it and used the flight as a fundraiser for Red Cross Week (May 3 to 9).
Mr Gillard has also parachuted off mountains in France and Austria, abseiled down tower blocks and jumped free fall from 11,000 feet all for charity.
He is currently a maintenance volunteer with the Red Cross helping to refurbish and maintain the Red Cross shop in Chalfont St Peter where his wife, Maureen, works.
He said: “Like lots of young boys I watched films about the Battle of Britain.
“The pilots historic planes my imagination.
“As a child I also built models of the iconic spitfires so when I found out that it was possible to fly one I had to do it.”
Mrs Gillard and the
added: “I’m a bit nervous but I would never stand in his way. Keith has always taken on dangerous activities for charity.
“I will be filming the event but I will have my heart in my mouth, especially when I watch him doing the barrel or ‘victory’ roll – turning the plane upside down in a 360 degree turn.”
To sponsor Keith visit http://uk.virginmoney giving.com/KeithGillard or complete sponsorship forms in the British Red Cross Shop, Chalfont St Peter, or the Vintage Butterfly Shop, Chalfont St Peter. Keith Gillard on one of his previous fundraising stunts