Fundraiser flies into record books

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A microlight pilot is waiting to hear if he has smashed a world record he attempted to raise money for a hospice.

Will Hughes, from Maulden, took on the challenge to make the most take-offs and landings in his fixed-wing microlight in an hour in aid of Keech Hospice, which supports patients across Bedfordshire.

During his record-breaking attempt, Bedford Microlight Airsports hosted a barbecue, bar and entertainments at Sandy airfield.

Mr Hughes said: “I consider myself to be part of the fortunate majority of people who can choose to experience many pleasures in life.

“One of mine is Microlight flying and I have been, and continue to be, lucky enough to share it with my children.

“Having recently visited Keech Hospice I was personally humbled and inspired by the courage of the children and their parents, where the opportunity for even the simplest of pursuits can be seriously limited.”

Mr Hughes made 30 take-off and landings, with a climb to 1,000ft between them, to beat the standing record of 10, last Saturday evening. He is now waiting for Guiness World Records to validate the claim.

He said: “We had to video the flight from four angles, including from the ground, and have two witnesses .

“Doing the paperwork is more painful than doing the record attempt.”

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