James du Pavey, who runs an independent estate agency in Shropshire, has completed the most dramatic fund raising challenge by an estate agent this year, flying by powered paraglider from Land’s End to John O’Groats and setting a world record along the way.
The 35-year-old set out on Monday at 3.30am from John O’Groats and finished his challenge the day after despite three crash landings including unscheduled stops in someone’s garden, a cricket pitch and a police dog training facility.
He completed the journey on Tuesday after 36 hours after travelling 870 miles and climbing to heights of 10,000 feet, a considerable improvement on his previous effort which took seven days.
Du Pavey, who runs a three-branch and eponymous estate agency with 24 staff in and around Nantwich and Market Drayton, told local media that: “It’s been exhausting and nerve-wracking with another engine failure six miles from Land’s End. But totally worth it.”
The intrepid estate agent was followed by a ground crew who fuelled his paramotor along the way and has so far raised £8,614 via his Just Giving page for Stoke-on-Trent based charity The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice, part of an overall £20,000 fund-raising effort by him recently.
“James and his team have been supporting The Donna Louise since 2017,” says its relationship manager Katie Tams.
“James’ paramotor challenge really is upping the game though. We can’t say a big enough thank you to James for braving this totally whacky and wonderful challenge; the funds raised will do so much to support the children, young people and families who rely on our services.”