THE OLDEST wing-walker in the world - Shirley’s 90-year-old daredevil Tom Lackey - said he has no plans to stop raising money for charity.
The pensioner promised to keep heading for the skies after receiving two new hearing aids which will help him hear and balance properly.
Tom had been having a few problems with his hearing lately and on a number of occasions said he had difficulty hearing the pilot and air traffic control. But now the ex-Army Commando can continue with his stunts after winning a competition to afford the vital aids.
“I couldn’t do without a hearing aid, especially doing aerosuperbatics, I also need to hear air traffic control,” explained Tom.
Tom won the Specsavers Sound Barrier Star regional award last year and came runner-up in the national final, receiving a £500 gift voucher.
When the grandfather-of-two was tested however, he realised he needed two hearing aids instead of the one - which would have cost him £795.
But Specsavers Hearing Centre in Solihull agreed to let Tom have the pair of digital hearing aids at no extra cost.
“I got fitted for two hearing aids and I’ve seen a great improvement ever since,” added Tom.
“I didn’t realise I needed the two and now it balances me out better. I’m very, very grateful to them.”
Tom began strapping himself to planes only ten years ago, following the death of his wife Isabel. His latest flight - number 23 - was during the HISTORY Biggin Hill International Air Fair at the end of June.
He was due to wing-walk again last week but the flight had to be cancelled due to bad weather.
Tom has raised over £1million for charities such as the British Heart Foundation, RAF association, Acorns and Help for Heroes.