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Swindon pensioner Audrey Gooding’s plans for her 80th birthday are up in the air – as she has just signed up to celebrate it with a sponsored wing-walk for Prospect Hospice.

Audrey, who became an octogenarian on 23 September 2022, is a familiar face in Prospect Hospice’s reception area, where she volunteers once a week.

But while she plans to continue this work, the thought of her impending 80th birthday made her want to do something a little more unusual.

“I’ve done lots of volunteering in my time, including face-painting at fetes and shaking buckets, but I’ve also always wanted to try wing-walking,” said Audrey.

“Then I suddenly thought I could do a sponsored wing-walk for Prospect Hospice as a celebration of the big Eight-Oh. My husband considered having me certified, but he paid the £150 registration fee for the aeroplane flight, and I am aiming to raise at least £700 for the charity.”

Even though this is the first time she will have been perched on the wings of a 1940s Boeing Stearman biplane, Audrey’s not a stranger to completing physical challenges to raise funds for Prospect Hospice.

“I used to do a two-mile fun run, have abseiled from Swindon Town Football Club and Jury’s Inn, and have completed a few Starlight Walks,” says Audrey, who lives in Upper Stratton.

“As you get older, though, it’s harder to find sponsors among your own friends as they are also pensioners on a fixed income, so I’m hoping that the lovely people in Swindon will also sponsor me. Prospect Hospice is a wonderful charity, and we are very lucky to have it, so the more we can all do to help it care for those who need it, the better.”

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