Jim Jones has been busy for the last three years working on the logistics of flying a single engine aeroplane around the world to celebrate his 80th birthday and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. His wife Dot and Percy the pigeon have been helping to plan the route from Liverpool, flying across Europe, along the Black Sea coast of Turkey before crossing into Azerbaijan. Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland before landing back in Liverpool.
Everything is ready for take-off in July but like all plans there are many issues to overcome, availability of suitable fuel in the remote parts of Russia and northern Quebec and not least the health and well being of the participants.
A medical issue has arisen that is not serious but one that could cause problems for Jim on such a long arduous flight. The advice is to delay the planned departure date which will cause difficulties with the weather along the route in northern Quebec and Greenland as the winter approaches.
The other option is to postpone the flight until next year but Jim and Dot have taken the very difficult decision to cancel the flight. They are both bitterly disappointed but feel it is important that Jim gets the treatment that has been recommended.
The support for the project has been amazing with pledges of help on the ground at airports, fuel supplies, safety items from Pooleys Aviation Equipment and satellite communication and tracking from Iridium.
Many kind people had entered a prize draw to guess how far Jim and Dot would fly and as the route had been finalised the mileage has been calculated to be 15,932 miles. Amazingly one person has made the nearest guess of 15,926miles , almost exact. Jackie Chambers will receive the £200 of shopping vouchers kindly donated by Argos and Sainsburys.
Happy shopping Jackie and thanks to everyone who made a guess.
Jim and Dot want to thank everyone who donated or pledged support.
Many generous individuals, families, organizations and companies had made donations to the fund raising for the Alzheimer’s Society including the Careys Foundation who have supported this amazing flight from the start.
Dot and Jim will be going along to the North West Regional office of the Charity to present a cheque for £ 18,250. This is a magnificent amount which will help with the work the Society does to support families struggling with the effects of dementia.
Jim , Dot and Percy almost made it, they were all ready to taxi to the end of the runway and prepare for take off when a spanner was thrown into the works. They know everyone who donated will be as disappointed as they are that they will not be taking off on the amazing adventure.
You can read some of the tales from other adventures in the book written by Dot titled ‘Journeys with Jim’ available to download from Amazon.
All the hard work has not been in vain, Jim and Dot have raised awareness of the Alzheimer’s Society, met some wonderful people and hopefully been able to provide encouragement to other people who want to embark on their own fund-raising adventure.
www.Alzheimers.org.uk for more information.