Victory roll for fundraiser Keith

Spit­fire flight in aid of the Red Cross

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­

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 giv­­thGil­lard 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


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