Wayne & Sharon Kimberlin - Melton Mowbray

I’ve been an addicted Paratrike flyer since 2004. In 2009, aged 39, I left my job and travelled to Australia to become a full-time Aerochute instructor. On return to the UK, I undertook CAA training to become the first Powered Parachute instructor to register on the UK CAA database. I know this because my rating was delayed by 2 months while they re-programmed the data base to accept the Powered Parachute FI rating. At least the database is now ready to accept new powered parachute instructors.

The two seat safety, simplicity and stability of the Aerochute, seems to be a winning combination in the UK weather. Being able to share the cockpit by teaching others, has always been one of the aspects I’ve enjoyed the most. With the support of my wife Sharon, we’ve been teaching the UK NPPL(M) Powered Parachute, to all sorts diverse and amazing people, from all over the UK.

Last year, Sharon was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a year of surgery, scans and chemotherapy, we are now coming out of the woods. We’ve been blown away by the support we have had from our families, friends and all of the medical staff at the Glenfield and Leicester Royal infirmary hospitals. We have also been totally blessed by the patients, support and understanding from our Aerochute friends. Many thanks to all of you.

So when Mike suggested the idea of raising money for cancer research with our Aerochutes, it was a no brainer. Sharon and I, are now looking forward to planning and undertaking this epic coast to coast Aerochute flight for life.