OAP Takes Flight At Charity Event 2009: Perthshire Pensioner

OAP takes flight at charity event

A PERTHSHIRE pensioner will soar hundreds of feet above Kinross-shire for a daring charity effort later this month as he aims to prove the
sky really is the limit. Scone resident Alec Robertson (70) is one of nearly 50 daredevils from across Scotland who will board a microlight at Balado Bridge Airfield, near Kinross, during the May 23 adventure to raise money for children’s charity CHAS and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Alec, who played football for both St Johnstone and Forres Mechanics in his youth, said time spent in the RAF means that he certainly has the stomach for the exhilarating trip. He said: “I’m not frightened because I was in the RAF for five years. I’ve been teasing the lads in my local, the Kinnear’s Inn, by saying I’m only doing it if the microlight does a loop-the-loop. “We’ve all been surprised at the amount of people who’ve come forward to do it. Three of us have been organising it and we’re each bringing 15 people. “The Kinnear’s Inn are putting on a 49-seater bus from Scone to Balado and we’re planning on having a barbecue and a wee party to make a day of it. “I think there’s been so much interest because the charities, CHAS and Guide Dogs for the Blind, do a lot of good work and are tangible.
“You can see how CHAS helps the kids and, when you walk down the street and see a person with a guide dog, you can say: ‘I’ve helped give that person a better life’,” he said.

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