Northampton’s mayor plans wing walk for Marie Curie Cancer care

Mayor of Northampton Councillor Penelope Flavell Picture: John Roan Photography
Mayor of Northampton Councillor Penelope Flavell Picture: John Roan Photography

The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Penelope Flavell, will be flying high to raise money for charity when she takes part in a daring wing walk in September.

Councillor Flavell will be belted to a chair on top of an aeroplane and will fly the skies above Chiltern Park Aerodrome in Oxfordshire on Saturday 5 September.

The brave feat will be all the more difficult for Councillor Flavell as she will be battling her fear of heights to complete the challenge and raise money for Marie Curie.

Councillor Flavell, said: “I chose the local branch of Marie Curie as the charity I will support during my time as mayor as it carries out much needed work to support people living with a terminal illness, including cancer which is a disease that has unfortunately touched the lives of many members of my family. My first husband, my mother and my aunt all died from different forms of cancer so it is in their memory that I have chosen to support Marie Curie.

“I am petrified of heights but am determined to conquer my fear by taking part in the wing walk to raise funds so that more people can benefit from the much needed services that Marie Curie offer. I thought that, by doing something out of the ordinary, I could highlight the important work Marie Curie does as an organisation and hopefully raise as much money as possible.

“As a grandmother of two and step grandmother of one, I really hope that my grandchildren will be proud of me and – quite literally – that I give them something to look up to!”

Lloyd Butcher, community fundraiser for Marie Curie, said: “Please support the Mayor as she takes to the skies to conquer her fear and raise money to support our Marie Curie nurses. All money raised will get spent in the local area and will provide care and support to terminally ill patients and their families at home when they need it most.”

To sponsor the Mayor visit her Just Giving fundraising page at