Virgin pilot ready for take off charity challenge

PUBLISHED: 13:06 26 February 2010 | UPDATED: 07:33 30 May 2010

A PILOT from Dunmow is swapping his wings for his walking boots in a bid to raise cash for charity. Ian Howe, a captain of a Boeing 747 Jumbo with Virgin Atlantic Airways, is one of 60 volunteers who will be climbing Mount Kenya in early March. The idea

A PILOT from Dunmow is swapping his wings for his walking boots in a bid to raise cash for charity.

Ian Howe, a captain of a Boeing 747 Jumbo with Virgin Atlantic Airways, is one of 60 volunteers who will be climbing Mount Kenya in early March.

The idea behind the 17,000ft climb is to raise money for the Kenya Village Charity.

Mr Howe said: "Hopefully we can raise enough money to help build a classroom.

"After our climb we will then return to Kenya, visit the village and work with the community to

help build our classroom. The village is also supported by Free the Children

and Virgin is investing $250,000."

At 10C below freezing at the top, the trip is going to throw up some tough physical tests for those brave enough to take part - although the group, including Mr Howe, are used to height, the climb promises to be quite a different challenge.

"At that height, we will have to cope with altitude sickness and all the effects of that, such as headache and nausea. It is something we are going to have to battle against."

Mr Howe is funding all his expenses so that any money raised will go towards the project.

But one Great Dunmow shop has stepped in to lend a hand. Jacks of Dunmow, on North Street, is supplying Mr Howe's equipment.

Owner Darren Cox said: "A climb of this magnitude requires good quality equipment and clothing - and we have supplied Ian with the best.

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