TR Fastenings employee planning daring wing walk for disability charity - Phab
Tracey Wells, Administration Manager and Products Assistant at Uckfield firm TR Fastenings, is taking on a huge personal challenge later this year by embarking on a courageous Wing Walk for charity Phab.
The stunt, which will take place at Damyns Hill Aerodrome in Essex, will see Tracey strapped vertically to the upper wing of a vintage Stearman biplane. The pilot will then direct the plane through a spectacular series of climbs and dives at speeds of up to 130 mph, all with Tracey secured safely to the wing.
Tracey is undertaking the challenge to raise money for the Uckfield branch of the charity Phab, which focuses on promoting inclusion within communities, creating opportunities for children and adults of all abilities to come together. Tracey’s ticket for the flight is kindly being paid for by CPC Interiors of Framfield, near Uckfield, but she is appealing for sponsorship to raise funds for Phab. All donations, no matter how small, will be gratefully received.
You can pledge support safely online by visiting Tracey’s JustGiving page.
Phab is celebrating its diamond jubilee this year. Since 1957 the charity has transformed the lives of many thousands of disabled people and changed the attitudes of millions towards those with disabilities. The charity promotes and encourages people of all abilities to come together on equal terms and achieve complete inclusion within the wider community. Phab hosts clubs for all ages, interests and abilities, and offers exciting residential holidays based in specially chosen accessible units at a beachside holiday park in Weymouth.
Tracey, who has worked at TR Fastenings for 10 years, says: “This is a huge challenge for me: I’m terrified and excited in equal parts but I’m doing it because I can! Phab members may or may not have a disability but we are all equal and can achieve anything if we want to, which I’m showing by doing this Wing Walk!”
Tracey started volunteering at Phab three years ago because of a desire “to do something positive with the local community” and says her work with the charity “really helps me put things into perspective and look at life in a completely different way.” Her role involves running activities as diverse as discos and arts and crafts workshops, focusing on the charity’s goal of inclusion and integration. In recognition of her services, Tracey was invited by Phab to the House of Lords in 2016, where she received the Paul Hope Award, which recognises outstanding contributions to charity.
Photos By Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)