09 November 2018

Healthcare Assistant, Sophie May, to Wing Walk for MIND

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Newcross Healthcare Assistant, Sophie May, from our Stevenage branch is quite the daredevil and is regularly involved in exciting fundraising missions. We caught up with her to chat about her upcoming wing walk, which she is doing to raise money for MIND, the mental health charity...

When are you doing your fundraiser? 

I'm doing my fundraiser next year on 6th July 2019.

Are you preparing in any kind of way?

I'm trying to stay healthy and active so I'm able to climb up to the top wing of the aircraft which is around ten feet tall. I'm more focused on raising the funds for it at the moment  doing things like posting regularly on my social media accounts. I'm considering doing a car boot sale for it and possibly a cake sale as well. 

Why this charity? 

The reason I picked MIND - the mental health charity is because I too have and still do struggle with my mental health on a daily basis. I really believe that mental health should be seen as important as physical health. More awareness needs to be raised about mental health and this charity has personally helped me in the past so I want to give back to it by completing the wing walk for them. 

Are you nervous?

I'm surprisingly not as nervous as I am about the wing walk than I was with my tandem skydive, as my skydive got cancelled the first time due to the winds being too high.I believe that put me more on edge for the second attempt, however I'll let you know when it gets closer to July if I'm still as calm as a cucumber over my wing walk! I will be doing the wing walk at Damyns Hall Aerodome in Essex. 

Have you done anything like it before? 

I've done a tandem skydive in 2016 for Beat, which is a UK charity for eating disorders. I have done other charity events as well such as the memory walk for Alzheimer's society - twice - and also done twelve hours of recorded running for Alzheimer's Society back in March this year. 

Mind is a mental health charity in England and Wales. Founded in 1946 as the National Association for Mental Health, it celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016. Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf. 

Good luck, Sophie! If you'd like to help Sophie by donating towards her wing walk, you can do so here.