Fundraising? I’m planning on winging it
The term coming home on a wing and a prayer would seem highly appropriate to the fundraising efforts of Dominic Di Cara.
Mr Di Cara has decided to undertake a wing-walk in aid of Rays of Sunshine, a charity granting the wishes of seriously ill children.
Mr Di Cara, who is the manager of the Mercure Great Danes Hotel in Hollingbourne, said: “We all need a bit of excitement and this is mine.
“I have wanted to do this for years and thought it will be now or never. Rays of Sunshine is a heart-melting charity and I hope this wing-walk will generate some much-needed funds for them.”
He will be taking to the skies strapped to the top wing of a Stearman biplane over Damyns Hall Aerodrome near Upminster on Saturday, September 15 - two days after his 57th birthday.
During the 10-minute flight he will reach speeds of 130mph, but he seems unfazed by the concept.
He said: “The only thing that worries me slightly is that they have asked me to sign a fitness waiver.”
To sponsor him visit tinyurl. com/dicarawing You’re not fooling me, says a pensioner.
Trevor Hamm, 85, said he’s not falling for a scam letter that popped through his letterbox.
The letter, purportedly from a Hong Kong banker, but posted in Britain, was personally address to Mr Hamm at his home in Boughton Monchelsea.
He said: “It claims that I’m due to inherit 9,830,000 dollars from the estate of some dead relative named Stuart Hamm. I don’t have any relatives called Stuart Hamm.
“Of course, all I have to do to claim the money is send them my full banking details.”
Although Mr Hamm recognised the letter as a scam immediately, he is concerned that some people could fall for it.
Mr Hamm said: “The fact they had my exact name and address was a bit disturbing. You tend to be more believing of a personal letter.”
The scammer, who gave his name as Martin Cheug, made the con more convincing by saying he wanted half the amount as his finder’s fee.
But Mr Hamm, who after working for 40 years in the education department for London County Council, then also spent five years with the Crown Prosecution Service was not going to be easily fooled.
He added: “I haven’t bothered reporting it to the police.
“I’d just like people to know this sort of thing is going on and also to be wary themselves.”