Article from Selby Times online, 19 June 2013.
Sherburn gunner Sean’s big push for flying charity
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.”