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James Ketchell

James Ketchell's World Gyrocopter Record

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Target £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


May 14, 2019

Lyons OKeeffe

Closely following you fabulous progress James. Hope it continues to go well.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 3, 2019

Andrew Mozdzen

May 3, 2019


May 2, 2019

Peter J

Fly safe bud. I hope to join up with you in the air when you're back in UK airspace! =o)

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 2, 2019

Graeme Oldaker

Following your travels from Baku Azerbaijan


May 1, 2019


Hi james we saw you speak at Giggleswick and we knew we had to donate, I enjoyed your book, good luck with the rest of your adventure.


Apr 29, 2019

Ed Bryant

Hi James, as an M16 pilot ready to take his flight test I have a (limited) idea of the awesomeness of the challenge that you are undertaking. The BBC’s One Show loves stories like this and could be a great boost to your sponsorship!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 29, 2019


Cracking effort James! Fly safe 👍😎

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2019

Mark Carter

Good luck James - enjoying the vlogs.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Apr 27, 2019


Attended your lecture at High-G last year and great to see your progress. Happy flying!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid