Ade Pavey’s Bonkers Wing Walk Challenge

Berkswell Parish resident Ade Pavey is preparing to take to the skies for a charity Wing-Walk on 30th May 2018, taking off from Cirencester’s RFC Rendcomb Airfield, with the aim of raising £3000, to be split between Myton Hospice and PAPYRUS:

Ade Pavey ponders his hair-raising future

“These are two amazing charities”, explains Ade “one to help sufferers and their families by easing the journey to end of life, the other to help prevent young people from committing suicide.”

The fundraising idea arose after Ade’s wife Stef shocked him with a gift that they had previously spoken about only in jest. At least, that’s how Ade claims to remember things:

“It all started as a Christmas present from my wife Stef who gifted me a Wing Walk experience after I’d I said I wanted to do something different. And this is certainly different!  Anyone who knows me will know how far I’m prepared to go to help others, but cruising 135mph at 500ft is certainly the biggest challenge I’ve ever undertaken.”

As Ade began coming to terms with the nerve-wracking experience he now faces, his thoughts turned to finding ways of using the experience to benefit others, so he set himself a fundraising target, along with a challenge to raise awareness for his chosen charities Myton Hospice and PAPYRUS:

“Myton Hospice is a charity which is very close to my heart as they cared for my mum in the last days of her life.  The hospice provides compassionate end of life care, centred around patient well-being and enabling more quality time with loved ones.”


Last year Myton Hospices supported more than 1,400 people and their families, in their three hospices, via patient and family support services, and in the community through Myton at Home.  Each year they have to raise £8.8 million to continue providing care.“

My other chosen charity is PAPYRUS, which is a community of people with the shared vision that many young suicides are preventable.”


Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK.  1,666 people under 35 took their own life in 2016.  

“The effect young suicide has on families and friends is devastating. PAPYRUS aim to create a society free of the stigma surrounding suicide, with the resources to support young people who may be struggling. PAPYRUS believes suicide need not be the inevitable outcome of feeling suicidal and that with the right level of awareness, help, support, and advice, young lives can be saved.”

“If we can just make more people aware of mental health issues and draw attention to the help that’s available through groups like PAPYRUS, then Stef and I will be happy that we’ve turned this bonkers challenge into something which helps others at the same time.”

Ade and Stef are inviting BalsallCom.Com readers to discover more about their chosen charities by visiting their websites at and

For any readers interested in making a donation to the wing-walk challenge, Ade’s fundraising page can be found at