James Ketchell

James Ketchell

James Ketchell's World Gyrocopter Record


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

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


Oct 7, 2020


I know it’s not much but got a lift to college today so this is my bus money. Well done all the best for future.


Sep 18, 2020



Jul 31, 2020

Janet Bell

Thank you for making my dream come true, and taking me flying. I can tick that off my bucket list now. I am truly grateful.


plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 21, 2020

Steph Paine

Thank you so much for giving up your time to speak with the interns at r3


May 14, 2020



plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jan 2, 2020

Colin and Jane

To our super hero, inspirational friend (and fellow Scouter) thank you for taking time to chat to 8th Bramshill and friends. Jane and Colin xxxx here’s to whatever adventure you have planned next!!!!


plus £66.00 Gift Aid

Dec 6, 2019

Rob van Marrewijk

I so much enjoyed your video's flying around the world !

Nov 16, 2019

Richard Bremner

Hi James, congratulations on your amazing achievement, Pedalon and North Hampshire Road Club have donated this money from the cyclo cross race held at Popham Airfield , hopefully this will be a annual event we can raise some money from. Richie Bremner


Oct 31, 2019


Really inspirational stuff. Loved watching the vlogs - I'm training (slowly) to fly a gyro, and you've given me added impetus to get my license.


plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 27, 2019


The final legs where also great. Shame about the rain ar Popham. I didn't even have £1 in cash for a burger!


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

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