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James Ketchell

James Ketchell's World Gyrocopter Record

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

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My story

[p]This is my world record attempt to inspire 1,000,000 young people while raising funds for two charities: Kindled Spirit, who support and rehabilitate young victims of human trafficking and slavery; and Over The Wall, who run residential activity camps for children with serious health issues.[/p][p]On 31 March 2019, I embarked on an attempt to set a world record by becoming the first person to circumnavigate the world in a Gyrocopter, travelling 37,000 km.[/p][p]I set off from Popham Airfield in Hampshire on a trip that will take me through France, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and into Russia. I will then cross the Bering Straits to Alaska, and travel across Canada, the USA, Greenland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands before heading back to the UK.[/p][p]I will need to cover a distance of 37,000 kilometres to break the world record according to regulations set out by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, who govern all aviation records.[/p][p]I’m passionate about helping young people. My plan is to visit a school in every country I fly across, sharing stories of fun and adventure, with the aim of leaving every young person with the belief that they can achieve their goals and dreams.[/p][p]I’m delighted to have the opportunity to support two amazing charities as part of this project. Their focus on helping young people to thrive and overcome huge challenges is very close to my heart.[/p][p]You can keep track of my progress here: [url=https://share.garmin.com/CaptainKetch]https://share.garmin.com/CaptainKetch[/url] This brilliant tracker will show you where I am right now, as well as my speed and distance travelled.[/p][p]Thanks for your support![/p][p]James[/p][p][br][/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

31 Mar 2019


Aug 21, 2019

Dr Melanie Dias

Thank you, James for being such an inspiration for so many to follow their dreams! Stay safe for the remainder of this journey and wishing you success on all levels!


Aug 19, 2019

Frank Lunn

Great to meet you in Fryeburg ( IZG) Maine, USA! God speed! Frank


Aug 18, 2019

Alexis Roxburgh

It’s really special what you’re doing James. I’m sure there have been and continue to be tough moments but you’re not so far from home now and achieving something unique. Brilliant and inspiring!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Aug 17, 2019


Pleasure meeting you at GHG this evening. May you have smooth flying the rest of your trip and a strong tailwind! Steve Rusconi


Aug 14, 2019



Aug 12, 2019


Well done James

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 10, 2019

Steph and Greg Gremminger

Hi James, It was exciting to meet you at Oshkosh. Our PRA St. Louis, Missouri PRA Chapter 35 is proud to donate $500 to your charities. Safe travels. Jane at Mentone says "Hi".


Aug 8, 2019

Liesl Park

Cracking job James. Take care


Aug 6, 2019

hal pearlman

just bought an M22, admire what you're doing


Aug 6, 2019


Awesome stuff mate. Glad to see the flight is going so well and I hope it continues throughout the home leg.