A City of Lincoln Council officer reached new heights last weekend to raise money for a five-year restoration project at one of Lincoln’s most popular parks.
Community Services Manager Caroline Bird spread her wings at Wickenby Airfield, Lincolnshire, on Sunday, August 2 in aid of the Boultham Park Restoration Project - a joint venture between the council and learning disability charity Linkage Community Trust.
She said: “I can’t find suitable words to describe just how wonderful my wing walking experience was. Sunday afternoon was beautifully sunny and warm and the blue skies meant I could admire the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside - and see the group of family and friends who were cheering me on when we made low swoops!
“The organisers made sure I was fully briefed and knew how to communicate if I needed to. I was strapped in very securely and felt absolutely safe throughout the whole flight.
“Thank you very much to everyone who has sponsored me - so far we’re just short of £600 and hoping there might be more to come!”
The £3.7 million project has received grant aid from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People initiative, with additional support from other enthusiastic funders.
Through the project the 50-acre park’s fascinating history will be told, it will be the focus of community events and activities, opportunities for training and volunteering, as well as improving and introducing facilities for visitors. The restoration will include key features in the park, such as the fountain and bandstand, as well as a new-build café and conversion of the existing stable block into an education centre.
To sponsor Caroline visit www.justgiving.com/Caroline-Bird-wingwalk
If you’d like to find out more about the park and the project visit www.boulthampark.co.uk