South Yorkshire pensioner preparing for fundraising flying stunt

Picture shows Nigel Hague on one of his recent wing walking events
Picture shows Nigel Hague on one of his recent wing walking events
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IT IS not every day you meet a man of 84 who looks forward to an action-packed day of skydiving, long-distance walking and aerobatic stunts.

But the father of Foreign Secretary William Hague clearly believes it is never too late to look for adventure.

Nigel Hague, aged 83, father of William Hague, MP for Richmond (Yorks) and British Foreign Secretary who did a sky dive for the NSPCC in August 2011.

Nigel Hague, aged 83, father of William Hague, MP for Richmond (Yorks) and British Foreign Secretary who did a sky dive for the NSPCC in August 2011.

And so on Saturday, May 11, Nigel Hague will be embarking on what he describes as his own Skyathlon - and raising money for South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.

The Rotherham OAP and retired businessman is no stranger to excitement, having performed several similar stunts in the past.

So when he heard extra funding was needed for the organisation that provides interactive musical experiences for people with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region, he decided to strap on his parachute and reach for the skies.

In the space of just one day, he will be completing a fundraising skydive and a six-mile walk – and then taking to the skies again for a special wing -walking session to promote Lost Chord’s work.

Helena Muller, Lost Chord chief executive, said: “He’s our magnificent man in a flying machine.

“I don’t know many people half his age and younger who would be prepared to do what Nigel is undertaking on our behalf, and what we need now is for people to get behind him and give him their support.

“The last time he did this sort of triple event he raised something like £50,000 and we hope he’s even more successful this time, because every penny he raises will go towards funding our programme of musical events in care homes and day centres.

“He’s aiming to complete the whole session within three hours, which will be a fantastic achievement and proof you’re never too old to get out there and do something exciting for a good cause.”

n To support Nigel’s Skyathlon, visit Nigel Hague

n To find out more about supporting Lost Chord, visit Lost Chord