On a lovely sunny autumn morning we drove to Sleap Airfield just outside Wem in Shropshire.
Jim checked in at the Shropshire Aero Club reception to make enquires about what aeroplanes are available. We enjoyed a coffee in the clubroom and studied the many pictures of pilots and WW11 aeroplanes.
Looking out across the airfield to the welsh hills and the Wrekin Jim immediately decided that this will be a great location to get in some more flying hours.
Sunday morning we watched Sir Jackie Stewart interviewed by Andrew Marr. He wants to get the engineers and technicians who are leading the way in developing Formula1 to work with the youngsters in the field of medical research in an attempt to speed up the research into Dementia prevention and medication. It has been a neglected field as most people think it is just about old people and do not realise the impact it can have on families and carers. Lets hope his involvement will raise awareness in the minds of the general public.
The Fareham Memory Group have kindly made a donation to have their name on the plane. This group meet regularly to allow both carers and those people struggling with the affects of dementia to get together and enjoy a chat or an outing. These type of groups and cafes are springing up in all areas and are providing some much needed support and respite.
Dot and I want to thank the members of the Fareham Group for supporting our fund raising for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Just to let you know how the preparations for the flight and the fund raising for the Alzheimer’s Society are progressing.
Dot and I have enjoyed a busy summer attending a variety of events to raise awareness of our flight.
We have enjoyed chatting with many friendly people at antique fairs, flower shows, an airshow, motorcycle events and rallies, motorhome shows and a national caravan rally.
In August we launched the competition with a prize of two £100 vouchers kindly donated by Sainsburys and Argos. All you have to do is make a small donation to estimate the number of miles the plane will fly on the journey around the world. The person whose estimate is the closest to the actual mileage flown will scoop the prize and there have been some interesting numbers put forward.
After a lot of frustration Dot managed to make ‘on-line’ entries available from our website. Though she is still having issues with the so called social media platforms..she still thinks that platforms are where you wait for a train!
You may also have seen the interview on BBC North West and Breakfast Show which resulted in some wonderful donations from individuals, families and companies who have arranged for their logos to be on the plane or have offered help with the supply of equipment. The good new is that the space on the aeroplane tail fin is almost full however the nose is still up for grabs.
I have begun the process of updating my pilots licence to meet the latest European regulations and Dot is keeping busy reading all about the navigation aids and studying the charts.
So lots of progress is being made but there is still a long way to go and the winter will be a busy time. It is also important to keep the momentum of the fund raising and we are always open to new ways or ideas on the best way forward. Please get in touch if you know of an event that we could attend to spread the word and attract donations.
Once again a huge thank you for your support.
Regards, Jim Jones.
We took a break from fund raising to go on holiday in the motorhome to Devon and Cornwall where Jim celebrated his 80th birthday.
Shame that the weather was a bit wet and very windy so we escaped into the tropical biodome at the Eden Project. Amazingly some of the other visitors had seen the interview on TV and recognised us and wished us good luck on our adventure!
Huge thanks to Amulet Fairs for making us their nominated charity and great to chat with all the visitors and traders at the three events we attended. The response to our fund raising has been generous.. thanks to all.
What a fantastic weekend at the National Feast of Lanterns held at Arley Hall, Northwich organised by the Northwest Region of the C&CC. In spite of the usual rainy Bank Holiday weather everyone was in great spirits and entered into the theme ‘ Science Fiction’ with some amazing fancy dress costumes and light shows.
The response to our fund raising flight and competition to guess how far the plane will fly was encouraging and thanks to everyone who came to chat. There are more photos in the gallery from this great event.