Johanna Hamer
Johanna Hamer

A passion 50 years in the making

Johanna's passion for flying has only grown since she qualified as a pilot in the 1970s, and ever since, she has taken every opportunity to be around all things aviation. She's been cabin crew, worked for a flying school, and previously fundraised for the Battle of Britain memorial fund.

On Saturday 12th June, Johanna is set to take her passion one step further at Rendcomb Aerodrome near Cirencester, where she will stand on the top wing of a 1940s biplane, as it throttles up and takes her on a flight above the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

Johanna, who was born in the Netherlands, has lived in Gloucestershire since she moved to England in 1977 and has always been a keen charity fundraiser.

Turning a wing walking dream into a reality

Brave 79-year-old Johanna said: "A wing walk is something I've always wanted to do, and this year I can't wait to finally make it a reality. What better way to mark my 80th birthday, than to take on this daring challenge and raise funds for three of my favourite charities in the process."

Nicole Beebee, Gloucestershire fundraising lead for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: "A wing walk will surely be a memorable way for Johanna to celebrate turning 80, and it is so kind of her to have chosen to support Midlands Air Ambulance Charity in doing so. We wish her all the best in her challenge and encourage anyone to make a donation towards Johanna's flight."

Support the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Support Johanna's wing walk by visiting justgiving.com/fundraising/wingwalk4airambulance

To find out more about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, visit midlandsairambulance.com and follow the service on social media.

About Midlands Air Ambulance

Midlands Air Ambulance serves the largest air ambulance region in the UK. This includes the communities of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire; representing a population in excess of six million.

If a patient receives definitive care within 60 minutes of injury, their chances of survival are dramatically increased. All areas of the region are accessible in 19 minutes and 90% of the region is accessible within 15 minutes.

Each year it costs in excess of £10 million just to keep the three charity helicopters and two critical care cars operational. Each air ambulance mission costs £2,500 on average and each critical care car mission costs £224, which is entirely funded by the generosity of the general public and local businesses.