Chris Jones, an 89-year-old from Knighton in Powys, is set to embark on a thrilling wing walking adventure to raise funds for Hope House, an organisation supporting children with life-threatening conditions.

Having only flown once before, Chris will be standing atop a 1940s Boeing Stearman, soaring 600 feet above the ground at speeds up to 140 mph on the 25th of July at RFC Rendcomb.

Before his wing walking adventure, Chris will be attending Shobdon Airfield’s Airfest Event on the 22nd of June to fundraise. Dressed as Corporal Jones from Dad’s Army, he will engage with attendees to raise awareness and support for Hope House.

Inspired by a touching concert video showcasing Hope House’s impact, Chris decided to participate in the wing walk to make a difference.

His neighbours and friends, Anthony and Vanessa Watts, have been instrumental in his fundraising efforts, helping Chris don a special outfit inspired by Dad’s Army character Lance Corporal Jones, complete with a Radnor Home Guard badge.

Chris has been actively seeking sponsorships in Knighton, raising awareness in local shops like the butcher’s.

Despite his limited flying experience, Chris is excited and remains optimistic about the challenge. His efforts, along with the support of Anthony, Vanessa, and the community, have already raised £10,000.

The wing walking event will take place on July 25th at RFC Rendcomb, featuring the AeroSuperBatics Professional Wing Walking Team.

To support Chris and contribute to this noble cause, locals can donate via a QR code available on Chris’s phone, leading directly to his fundraising page. The Hope House fundraiser Dawn Ball commended Chris’s bravery and dedication, wishing him luck for the event.”

For more information about Hope House visit their website

To sponsor Chris, visit Just Giving: