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James Ketchell

James Ketchell's World Gyrocopter Record

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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 will embark 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 will set off from Popham Airfield in Hampshire on a ten-month trip that will take me through Europe to Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, India, Thailand, Japan, 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]
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Personal Challenge Date

31 Mar 2019




Enjoy , it’s going to be awesome .

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Paul Davies

All the best James - hoping to give you a gyro send off at Popham. Paul

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Raja MP

Wish you all the very best James

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Paul Martin

Good Luck James and thanks for the ride!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Chris B

Thank you for taking me for a trip last weekend, even if it was rather windy! Have a great trip!!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Carl and family

We wish you luck on your next adventure and you are a truly inspirational man. You will change outlooks and ultimately lives as you venture around the world visiting a school in every country you fly across. We will be there to see you off!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Stephen Martin

Good Luck James!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid



Wishing you lots of luck and fun on your epic adventure, James

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Nick Goodall - Detail my car

Can't quite believe what you have gone on to achieve since we met all those years ago. Keep it going James, you're no doubt a huge inspiration to all those kids and we wish you all the best



Karen Clancy

Well done James on your persistent and consistent drive to achieve your goals. Continue to inspire and best of luck on your coming adventure.