A SOLIHULL dentist reached new heights last week after flying 1,000 miles for Mencap.
Marcus Woof celebrated his 50th Birthday on August 1, the very same day he completed a 13 hour flight. His efforts raised £5,000 for the learning disability charity.
His remarkable journey started at Shobdon Airfield in the early hours of the morning. Marcus then flew to six of the country's largest airports - Manchester International, Exeter, Newtownards (in Northern Ireland), Cardiff, Aldergrove (Belfast International) and Plymouth.
The first letter of each destination spells Mencap.
"Its taken four months to plan the challenge and raise money but the support I've received from the club has been amazing," he said.
"All the airports kindly waived their radar, handling and landing fees and I also had some generous sponsors donate fuel for the trip.
"This means that all the sponsorship I've received will go directly to Mencap in the Midlands."
Mencap is the voice of learning disability, which affects 1.5 million people in the UK alone.
Charlotte Percival, regional development manager for the charity, said: "We're really grateful for Marcus choosing to raise money for Mencap in the Midlands in such a unique way.
"The £5,000 that Marcus has raised from his challenge will help support the 200,000 children and adults living with a learning disability in the Midlands."
If you would like to sponsor Marcus for his challenge visit www.justgiving.com/ flyingdentist.