Charity offers opportunity to win a flight in formation with a Spitfire

Aviation fans are being offered a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to fly in formation with one of history’s most iconic aircraft.And by entering a lottery in a bid to secure the prize, they will be raising much-needed funds for charity.

The fly2help charity, which supports people with life-limiting and chronic illnesses, is offering two lucky winners the chance to fly alongside a Spitfire.

To enter, all entrants need to do is text FLY to 70099, and their names will go into a draw to take to the skies at Cotswold Airport, on Sunday, September 25th, and see at close quarters the aerial elegance of the Second World War fighter aircraft.

The winning pair will then get the chance to experience a simulated aerial dogfight and a private display by the RV8tors aerobatic display team, whose aircraft are emblazoned with the fly2help logo.

The charity also supports families struggling to live with bereavement and disability, isolation or financial deprivation, as well as people who have suffered extreme neglect and abuse.

Charity Manager for fly2help, Sue Bennett, said: “This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity. To fly in formation with a Spitfire and actually see one at close quarters while in flight really is an experience to be treasured.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who has supported us and given us the opportunity to offer this fantastic prize.

“We’re now hoping that as many people as possible will enter because money raised through the competition will go to the charity and will help us provide support for those who need it.”

The competition is being supported by both the RV8tors aerobatic display team, whose aircraft are emblazoned with the fly2help logo, and Cotswold Airport-based Ultimate High.

The RV8tors, who have been promoting the competition at airshows throughout the summer, will give the two winners a private display once they have landed.

Entrants will be charged £1 plus the cost of one message at their standard network rate. The charity will receive up to 96p from each text message, with a minimum of 76p from each message, depending on the network operator.

fly2help:
Launched at the end of 2006 and based at Cotswold Airport, fly2help supports those with life-limiting and chronic illnesses; families struggling to live with bereavement and disability, isolation or financial deprivation and people who have suffered extreme neglect or abuse. The charity works to lift the horizons of people dealing with life trauma by sharing the freedom of flight through ‘air smiles’ events. Each bespoke event day, centred around an exhilarating flight, offers a day of escapism, respite and fun for all the family.

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