Nick takes to the skies in epic charity challenge

Our supporters go to amazing lengths to raise money to help us keep fighting for the world’s street children.

But Nick Staunton is taking his fundraising dedication to new heights by embarking on an epic aviation adventure.

The 54-year-old long term Railway Children supporter is taking to the skies and hoping to become the first person ever to cross Africa in a gyrocopter.

His amazing challenge will see him launch from Cape Town on Tuesday, August 1, and travel some 6,000 nautical miles (11,000km) across 10 countries en route to Cairo. 

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Going solo for street children

Nick, a chartered surveyor from Wiltshire, will wave goodbye to his wife and three children to embark on what will be a genuine solo voyage with neither air nor ground support over some of the most beautiful but inhospitable terrain in the world.

At the same time he will be raising thousands of pounds to help us keep reaching children who are struggling to survive a life on the streets of East Africa, India and here in the UK.

We can’t keep doing what we do without people like Nick, who will also be fulfilling a lifetime’s ambition on his voyage.

Fulfilling a dream for flying fanatic 

He has had a lifelong love of flying, since getting his first hang glider at 16, and has always longed to fly across Africa to see its most spectacular landscapes and wildlife from the air.

Sponsor Nick today and help him reach his fundraising goal.

If you want to dream up your own fundraising adventure – on a similar, or smaller scale – email our events team who are always happy to help.