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Manager flying high in fundraising challenge

DAREDEVIL bank manager David Oughton swapped his desk for the wing of a plane in aid of the Autism West Midlands charity.

DAREDEVIL bank manager David Oughton swapped his desk for the wing of a plane in aid of the Autism West Midlands charity.

The NatWest Private Client Manager, who helps clients with investment and banking advice, has a stepson, Reece Bowen, who suffers from autism.

David, aged 37, from Solihull, did a wing walk strapped to a Second World war bi-plane at Gloucestershire Airport in Staverton to raise £2,500 for the charity.

The plane reached speeds of 135mph at 600ft, did low level fly pasts, and a heart- stopping 500ft near-vertical dive.

David’s inspiration came from a meeting with 92-year-old Shirley fundraiser Tom Lackey, a five times Guinness world record breaker for wing walks.

David said: “I knew if a 92 year old man could do a wing walk, so should a NatWest Private Clients Manager!

“To say it was a nerve-wracking experience would be a massive understatement, but I knew the outcome was so important.

“When I was in the air it literally was breathtaking, but such an incredible experience.”

 

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