Property daredevils raise money for Parkinson’s charity

As part of Hat and Home's wing-walk challenge, 14 property professionals have successfully raised £15,000 for Parkinson's UK.

wing walk for parkinson'sFourteen daredevils from across the property industry joined forces on Monday to take on the Hat and Home Wing-Walk Challenge to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.

Organised by Ben Gee, founder of Hat and Home, the aerobatic fundraiser took place at AeroSuperBatics in Cirencester, where participants strapped themselves to a 1942 bi-plane and travelled at 140mph at just 800ft above ground.

Ben, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s four years ago at the age of 41, was joined by three colleagues from Hat and Home as well as several others from the property industry and beyond, including staff from Reapit, Savills, EXP and Churchill Retirement Living.

Collaboration for cure

The group has raised nearly £15,000 for Parkinson’s UK from the event which goes directly towards supporting those living with the condition as well as funding research for better medication and ultimately a cure.

Ben Gee wing-walking for charity“It’s fantastic to work in collaboration with so many people from our sector, proving once again how generous and compassionate the property industry is,” said Ben (pictured, aloft).

Fellow wing-walker, Tom Waltham of Savills, added: “The airfield is within the market which I trade and it was great to see the geography from a different perspective. To raise funds for such an important cause in this way is brilliant.”

Harriet Jordan from Reapit also took to the skies, and said: “I was pretty nervous but once I got in the air it was an amazing experience, although I’m not sure I’ll do it again in a hurry!”

Hat and Home have recently launched The Parkinson’s Promise; an industry-wide initiative to promote transactional giving across the sector.

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