Former RWSfm Presenter to Fly UK in Microlight

Bury St Edmunds born James Long is undergoing his next adventure of attempting to fly the UK in eight to ten days. James , who now lives in Manchester, will attempt to fly the UK in his Flexwing Microlight (pictured) along with approximately 100 other pilots all in the name of charity. Fly UK, a charity fund-raiser began their journey in 2005, by the end of 2018 they had fundraised over £68,000.

All of James’ donations will be given to GeeWizz, a charity based in Bury St Edmunds, which helps children, young adults and families living with a disability and those affected by cancer, particularly sarcoma.

Dependent on weather, the pilots will be jetting off today until Sunday at the latest.

The challenge will take around eight to ten days.

James said: “This is a big challenge for me because it will be the biggest and furthest I’ve ever been in a Flexwing Microlight. We will experience some of the harshest of weather conditions up north making it quite challenging. Also, it will be my first time attempting a sea crossing.”

James’ proceeds will be going to seven-year-old George Woodward.

Gorge was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type two. The condition has severely impacted his normal muscular movement. George needs a wheelchair which will cost his family £26,000.

GeeWizz has pledged to donate £5,000 towards George’s new mobility chair.

James added: “I want to raise money for GeeWizz because I have seen directly how it can help families who need even just a little bit of help. To know exactly where the money is going and the transparency of raising money is important to me. To help George Woodward with his new wheelchair will be a huge honour, even if it’s just a small amount. I would love to hit the target of £2,000.”