Fundrais­ing? I’m plan­ning on wing­ing it

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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