SHARING AIR SMILES: fly2help lifts the horizons of people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures through the medium of flight. We support those with life-limiting and chronic illnesses; families who have suffered some form of tragedy and those who are working to recover a sense of self-worth and need a life-boost. This includes those struggling to live with bereavement and disability, isolation or poverty and people who have suffered extreme neglect and abuse. For many families, smiles and laughter can be as important as medical research and intervention, especially for those who can’t wait long enough for the breakthrough they need. By turning an ordinary day into an extraordinary adventure, fly2help shares smiles & creates precious memories for those who need them most. An exhilarating flight gives our beneficiaries the chance to see the world from a new perspective, leaving their worries on the ground, both literally and metaphorically. We offer a bespoke event day, catering for the individual physical, emotional and psychological needs, whilst ensuring all-round VIP treatment. By giving these people the opportunity to experience the liberation and freedom of flight, our team hopes to inspire and develop their imagination and to enhance their self-determination. The extra boost that comes from the freedom of the skies and the exhilaration of flight renews motivation, enthuses and increases long term self esteem and confidence. Thank you for supporting our work by helping to share Air Smiles with some very special and brave people. Registered Charity: 1119846 Office: The Control Tower, Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. GL7 6BA Telephone: 01285 770821
The Joshua Tree
Facing childhood cancer can be a devastating experience and its impact may last for many years after treatment ends. Every family’s experience and needs are unique and we are working with many families and schools to provide support that is tailored to their needs. Some of the areas where we can offer support include: Emotional Support including 1-2-1 support, play therapy and support groups or just someone to talk to Practical Support and signposting to sources of information, assistance and advice Family activities and events, half-term activities, a monthly Saturday club Supporting the child and their family in achieving the best academic, social and emotional outcomes both in and out of the school environment. This includes liaison with schools to ensure that staff receive information on how best to support a child with cancer or leukaemia.
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Fattys Big Push's fundraising page

Jerry Ward,

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The Great Manchester Run 2013 - Fatty's Big Push - The Big Push 6![/b]


In November 2007 I suffered a serious spinal-cord injury whilst swimming in the sea in Mexico.  I was left face down in the water with a broken neck, unable to move anything, and was drowned and unconscious when pulled onto the beach, where I was resuscitated.  I had been working as an airline pilot for Thomas Cook, having previously been in the RAF as a fighter pilot, and despite having been shot at a few times during the first Gulf War considered myself to be reasonably fit and healthy!  That all changed in a moment, and the next three months were spent on a life-support ventilator, first in Cancun, and then in Salford, tantalisingly close to the finishing line of the Great Run in Manchester!


Despite being in hospital for a total of 22 months, just six months after my accident I was allowed out to take part in the 2008 great run in my wheelchair, this was Fatty's Big Push!  Fatty is supposedly a term of endearment from my family!  Since then, my Big Push team of friends, colleagues and family have pushed me around the course, going more quickly each year, last year in an unbelievable record time of 48 min 8 secs, amazingly, 11 1/2 min quicker than when I was running!  How depressing, to be so much quicker sitting on my fat bum! The team must of course be completely mad, doing all the work, all I have to do is sit in my wheelchair!


In previous years the team have raised funds for many different charities, mostly those related to spinal-cord injury or children.  However, this year the team have decided to split our fundraising between two slightly different charities.  Fly2help ( and The Joshua Tree (

Fly2help amongst other things, provide flying experience for the disabled, disadvantaged, families who have suffered tragedy or trauma, chronic illness or abuse.  As many of the Big Push team have a flying background, we sometimes take for granted the fun, and freedom of being in the air.

The Joshua Tree was established in Cheshire, by Josh's parents, to provide short breaks and support in the Cheshire countryside to families of children who have battled with cancer or other immune-suppressing illnesses.  Josh was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2004 when he was only 5 years old.  Now an active teenager, I had the pleasure of meeting him, and his family, when we were both involved with the Olympic torch relay last year, they really are a truly inspirational team.


Please give generously, your donation however small or large really will make a difference.  If possible please also make sure that the sneaky Chancellor doesn't benefit from your donation by claiming gift aid.  Thank you for helping


Jerry a.k.a. Fatty

Recent donors

28.06.13 Great job everyone


15.06.13 Well done to all once again!

05.06.13 Well done Jerry and the Team

02.06.13 Late as ever but well done to everyone! Love Clare and Rob

31.05.13 Well done everyone - sorry its late, had to wait for pay day!!!

31.05.13 Well done to all and worthy causes.

29.05.13 Well done Jerry and well done team!


28.05.13 Hi Jerry and the team - great run guys - you are an inspiration Jerry.

28.05.13 Well done Jerry and team.

28.05.13 Well done again to Team F

27.05.13 Well done; a wonderful achievement.

27.05.13 Well done Jerry, chat later, sam


27.05.13 Well done Jerry!! Great job.

27.05.13 Well done Jerry and the team. You are truly amazing.

27.05.13 Well Done Jerry!


27.05.13 Great effort once again Jerry and the team. (NB £2 on behalf of a stranger who gave me her left over parking ticket!)

27.05.13 Well done Guys, excellent effort

27.05.13 Great team effort guys - c u all next year!!

27.05.13 Well done Jerry

27.05.13 Sorry to miss the run this year! Well done on another great effort!

26.05.13 Well done everyone.


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