Selby Times Online 19 Jun 13

Article from Selby Times online, 19 June 2013.

Sherburn gunner Sean’s big push for flying charity

Sean Allerton of Sherburn with Suzi Perry at the launch of the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Sean Allerton of Sherburn with Suzi Perry at the launch of the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Former RAF Regiment gunner Sean Allerton was a guest of honour at the press launch of the world’s biggest airshow, the Royal International Air Tattoo, yesterday.

The Sherburn man was confined to a wheelchair after breaking his neck in a motorbike crash in 1993. But yesterday the 48-year-old jetted into RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire at the controls of a light aircraft thanks to a charity called Flying Scholarships for Disabled People, which gave him a scholarship to learn to fly.

Sean used the event to launch the second leg of his Push 500 challenge, which involves him pushing himself a total of 500 miles in his wheelchair around RAF bases to raise funds for the cause. The first leg raised more than £8,000.

Sean said: “Because of what the flying gave me I want to ‘give back’ and am using the press launch to continue my second challenge.”

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