A 91 YEAR OLD daredevil from Rubery is set to take to the skies, raising money for Primrose Hospice.

Jim Wood is preparing for an aeroplane wing walk on July 23, after Covid delayed his bucket list dream.

The ex-serviceman wanted to take on the challenge in May 2020 for his 90th birthday but the pandemic meant his walk was put on hold.

However, from one milestone to another the rescheduled flight will now take place on his 17th wedding anniversary to his wife Ruth.

Jim said: "I was really disappointed it had to be cancelled as I had wanted to do it as part of my 90th birthday celebrations.

“However, as it is something I have always wanted to do I am determined to go ahead this year and accomplish it.

"I am going to the local gym to limber up and get ready for clambering about the aircraft.

“I love flying and I don’t mean sitting in a cigar tube with a lot of other people. I like to feel the wind in my face.

“I have a friend who flies a microlight and I used to cadge flights whenever I could before the pandemic hit us.

Bromsgrove Advertiser: Jim Wood with wife Ruth and Primrose Hospice's community fundraiser Lucy Perkins.Jim Wood with wife Ruth and Primrose Hospice's community fundraiser Lucy Perkins.

“I am looking forward to this experience so that I can cross it off my to do list and I thank Primrose Hospice for giving me the opportunity.”

Jim will be taking on the flight at a private airfield in Cirencester, Gloucestershire with his 67 year old wife Ruth nervously watching on the ground.

Ruth, who is a part of the Primrose Hospice choir, said: "I will have my eyes shut.

“I will watch him really and I am excited for him because I know it’s what he wanted to do.”

Lucy Perkins, community fundraiser for Primrose Hospice, said: “We are so pleased Jim is able to fulfil his dream of wing walking this year.

“His determination has been incredible and the money he raises will allow Primrose Hospice to continue to support people with life-limiting conditions as well as bereaved adults and children in north east Worcestershire.”

Jim is a member of the RAFA as well as a member of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Club along with being a trustee of Tettenhall Transport Museum.

To sponsor Jim visit his Justgiving page