Gliders soar up to £5,800 for cause

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A FUNDRAISING flying club was sent soaring after collecting £5,800 during a week of competition.

The Wolds Gliding Club hosted its national two-seater championships, in which pilots and crews from across the country descend on Pocklington airfield.

The eight-day event is the club’s 26th year it has been run, and continues to grow as more than 32 teams from as far away as Scotland and Dorset compete.

It also brought with it hundreds of spectators and gliding enthusiasts, who brought along a mixture of machines from down the years.

But the event has also become a successful charity fundraiser over the years and often raises thousands of pounds, thanks to the generosity of the competing pilots, crews and spectators.

Last year they were able to make £3,800 for Sue Ryder Care, however, the total this year was considerably more and will go towards Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The cash was handed over to Marie Curie’s Laura Hambleton, who had helped open the competition and assisted with prize giving at the end of the week where the final fundraising total was revealed

She admits she was stunned by the total.

She said: “I am speechless and overwhelmed by the generosity of the competitors and all the support crews who took part in the Wolds Gliding Club Two Seater Competition.

“£5,800 is an amazing amount and will make a huge difference to the work the organisation carries out.

“Both Marie Curie and the competition organisers would like to thank everyone involved for their incredible generosity.”

The winners of the 26th competition was a team from a gliding club in the Cotswolds.

David Binney, competition director and flying instructor at The Wolds Gliding Club said it was also a privilege to welcome the pilots and crew from Scotland with glider ‘WA1’- a specially adapted aircraft capable of being flown by disabled pilots and sponsored by the charity Walking On Air.

“Our Walking On Air visitors from across the border not only proved that disability need not stand in the way of gliding but also that Scotsmen can have fun in Yorkshire!“

“All the gliders flew a variety of cross country tasks throughout the week, some making it back to the airfield to score maximum points and some being welcomed by kindly farmers as they landed in fields miles away from home base Pocklington.

“The Wolds Gliding Club would like to thank all the local businesses who sponsored the 26th annual competition.”