Charity flyer to savour the bird’s eye view of coast

Southend Standard: Challenge – Paul Elliott just before he set off in the Piper Warrior from Southend Airport Challenge – Paul Elliott just before he set off in the Piper Warrior from Southend Airport

AN AMATEUR pilot is getting a first-hand look at part of Britain’s beautiful coastline as he flies around it to raise money for a disabled boy.

Graphic designer Paul Elliott, 57, of Bellhouse Road, Eastwood, has taken off in a Piper Warrior aircraft from Southend Airport.

He will travel 2,000 miles in two and a half days.

The challenge is being mounted in aid of the Tree of Hope charity, which is helping support Devon toddler Jenson Tucker.

Funds are being raised to help the three-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, go to the USA for an operation to help his condition.

Paul said: “Jenson’s family live near where I have a holiday home in Devon, so that is how I heard about his story.

“I wanted to raise £5,000 for the cause and just the other day, I managed to pass that amount in sponsorship pledges, which is fantastic.”

For the journey Paul, who got his pilot’s licence 14 years ago, is being joined by a navigator, Roger Filbee. Pit-stops are set up at Newcastle, Kirkwall and Haverfordwest.

Before he set off, Paul said: “Hopefully, if the weather holds out, it is going to be a really fun trip. I am going to take a camera along with me to take some snaps while we are going along.”

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6:54pm Sat 24 May 14

Leon__ says...

"AN AMATEUR pilot is getting a first-hand look at part of Britain’s beautiful coastline as he flies around it to raise money for a disabled boy... For the journey Paul, who got his pilot’s licence 14 years ago, is being joined by a navigator, Roger Filbee..."

Well done to him, but why do you use the term 'amateur'? There is probably no such thing anyway, merely trainees/unqualified or pilots but in any case he's been flying for 14 years with his Private Pilot's Licence. So, I think you meant 'private'.
"AN AMATEUR pilot is getting a first-hand look at part of Britain’s beautiful coastline as he flies around it to raise money for a disabled boy... For the journey Paul, who got his pilot’s licence 14 years ago, is being joined by a navigator, Roger Filbee..." Well done to him, but why do you use the term 'amateur'? There is probably no such thing anyway, merely trainees/unqualified or pilots but in any case he's been flying for 14 years with his Private Pilot's Licence. So, I think you meant 'private'. Leon__
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10:59am Sun 25 May 14

abd123 says...

If he didn't go and didn't have to pay for the trip he would have more than £5,000 to give the boy. If he did something like litter picking he would have the £5,000 sponsorship, the cost he would have spent on the plane, fuel, landing fees etc and so a lot more money for the boy.
If he didn't go and didn't have to pay for the trip he would have more than £5,000 to give the boy. If he did something like litter picking he would have the £5,000 sponsorship, the cost he would have spent on the plane, fuel, landing fees etc and so a lot more money for the boy. abd123
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4:29pm Sun 25 May 14

LexyGirl says...

I love people who do things for charity so I really do hope he manages to raise the money for this good cause.
I love people who do things for charity so I really do hope he manages to raise the money for this good cause. LexyGirl
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