CHALLENGE: Arlene McManus will do a charity wing walk stunt in aid of the new MS centre being built (behind) pictured with fund raising manager Helen Wathen.
debilitating MS has spurred Arlene McManus to go on a fundraising mission.
The 49-year-old, of Russett Road, was diagnosed two-and-a-half years ago but had struggled with the disease for five. It meant she finally knew what she was facing after years of different doctors and ENT medications finally led her to the MS Therapy Centre in Merton Lane.
She says staff have helped her get her life back and she now wants to repay them by helping raise £1.3 million for a new building due to open in December.
She has already held a raffle and a 30-minute swim but her latest venture is a little more daring – she will be wing-walking on a Stearman biplane at Headcorn.
“In June I dived into the pool and swum 20 laps during 30 minutes,” she said. “That raised £1,200. This time I thought I would have to up the ante. I said I would do the wing walk, even though I didn’t exactly know what it was. But I am committed, I have sponsorship and I’m going to do it.”
Arlene has raised £750 so far on top of the costs of doing the feat and still has sponsorship forms to collect.
The cash will go to the Butterfly Appeal to move the centre from a mobile building to a purpose-built site. After 15 years of fundraising the £1.3 million target was exceeded by £300,000 and work started in January. It will feature a gym, therapy rooms, a pool and a covered seating area.
Arlene undertake the wing walk on Saturday at 3pm. She will then prepare for her next challenge – a wheelchair ascent up Mount Snowdon with team-mates!
Sponsor her at justgiving.com and search Arlene’s wing walk.