A fearless grandmother has taken to the skies to complete an exhilarating wing walk which she has wanted to do for many years.

Janice Jackson, 74, from Welshpool was joined by Wales Air Ambulance employee Dougie Bancroft for the fundraiser. The duo have so far raised £2,000 for the Wales Air Ambulance Charity.

Janice has volunteered for the Charity for over five years and is passionate about supporting the work they do. She has previously raised over £6,000 by running local events. 

She said: “It was a little nerve-racking, but I did it and I enjoyed it. I wanted to do the wing walk to do something different and daring for the Charity. I’ve always wanted to do it, it has just taken me until I’m in my seventies to actually do it!

“My family were with me on the day, they think I’m crazy but they’re proud of me. I’ve also had young lads come up to me saying I’m crazy for doing it.

“I want to do loop the loops wing walk next year, I won’t be so nervous next time, now that I know what it is like.”

Dougie added the wing walk to his exhilarating challenges that he’s done. He has previously completed a parachute jump, bungee jump, death slides, marathons and even sat in a bath of custard for the day and set a world record! 

In December 2020, the Charity achieved its aim of operating a 24/7 service. Wales now has access to the service’s Emergency Department-standard critical care around the clock and to keep the helicopters in the air, the Charity needs to raise £8 million every year.

Dougie, who had to lose 2 stone 11lbs to be able to do the wing walk, was also supported on the day by his family, he said: “What a day it was for the both of us, it was such an amazing experience all day. It all started with the drive down to the Aero Super Batics airbase and then we saw the plane flying over as we got closer.

“Then we both smiled and said, ‘we are doing that in an hour’ and what a day it was and one we will remember forever! We would suggest everybody should do it for fun and raise money for Wales Air Ambulance.”

Whilst watching her grandmother and Dougie doing their wing walks, Sabrina Tomich, from Telford, decided on the spot to also take part in the wing walk, which delighted Janice.

There are several ways that the public can continue to support the Wales Air Ambulance. These include online donations, signing up to the Charity’s Lifesaving Lottery or by coming up with their own innovative ways to fundraise at home. Further information can be found via www.walesairambulance.com

Alternatively, a £5 text-message donation can be made by texting the word HELI to 70711.