Monday, 20 May 2013

Daredevil David set for lofty challenge

A paraglider is preparing to embark on the challenge of a lifetime by flying more than 60 miles non-stop through the Himalaya Mountains, to raise funds for Kent Air Ambulance.

Father-of-two David Maidman, 48, from Hawkenbury, Kent, will set off from Himachal Pradesh in Bir, India, in October.

He is planning to fly un-assisted in one continuous flight over mountain ranges for up to five hours, reaching heights of 15,000ft above sea level.

The avid adventurist is aiming to raise a grand total of £9,000 for the Air Ambulance and Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

David said: “The challenge is ambitious but achievable and there is always the possibility that there won’t be enough lifting air in which case I’ll be heading down.

“I’ll then have to seek a safe landing zone and prepare to hike to the nearest village and this is where the adventure truly begins.”

David qualified as a glider pilot four years ago after training at Airworks Paragliding School in East Sussex, and has since flown in France, Spain and Morocco.

He was inspired to complete his challenge by Ed Stafford who became the first man to walk the entire length of the Amazon river in South America.

He is aiming to raise £5,000 for the Air Ambulance and £4,000 for Demelza Hospice Care for Children and can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/david-maidman 

Last month, the helicopter was called to a 75-year-old paraglider injured at Mount Caburn and flew him to the nearby Royal Sussex County Hospital at Brighton.

David added: “The Air Ambulance is very respected in my flying club because we know we can always call upon their service when things don’t quite go according to plan.”

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