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Sea To The Left Charity Challenge

20 July 2015

St Catherines Hospice

There’s no doubt that some people embark on some incredible and inspiring feats to raise money for charity, and haleys were proud to sponsor one of those this summer with the fantastic Sea To The Left Challenge.

It may be quite hard to work out from the name what the challenge actually involved, but it did include the sea, and lots of it, as two pilots from the North West flew around the entire 2,200 mile coastline of England, Scotland and Wales, keeping the sea to the left, to raise money for charity.

More impressive still is that Neil King from Bolton and Tim Burrow from Preston completed the feat in seven days flying individual flexwing microlight hang gliders that were both made in the late 1990s!

The pair waited throughout May and the start of June for suitable weather conditions to hit the UK, eventually setting off from St Michael’s Airfield just north of Preston on 11th June and heading up towards Scotland and then clockwise around the east and south coasts at air speeds of 60mph.

They did at times have to fight through some strong headwinds and avoid military no fly zones, but also took in some stunning views of the British coast before landing safely back at St Michael’s to a tremendous reception on 20th June.

Every penny of the £4,534 that was raised, which smashed the original target of £4,000, was evenly split between The Christie in Manchester and St Catherine’s Hospice in Preston, charities that treat and research treatments for cancer and provide care for those diagnosed with the disease respectively.

haleys would once again like to add their congratulations to Neil and Tim on an incredible achievement for a fantastic cause. We are delighted to know that our donation will go towards supporting someone who needs it most.

For more information and a daily blog of the Sea To The Left Challenge, visit

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