Fairfield grandson defies gravity in charity wing walk

Dean Watson strapped to the plane for his charity wing walk.
Dean Watson strapped to the plane for his charity wing walk.

Being strapped to a plane travelling at 120mph and 500ft above ground has helped one grandson smash his fundraising targets in memory of his grandad.

Dean Watson has pushed his body to the limit by losing three and a half stone to come under the weight limit for the charity wing walk in aid of Motor Neurone Disease.

The 27-year-old married dad-of-two said: “My grandad, Derek Watson was a real legend and true gent and motor neurone disease took that person we loved away from us so I wanted to raise the money so no other family has to go through what we did.

“I wanted to do a wing walk because you hear everyone talking about doing a run, climbing a mountain or even doing a sky dive but I thought if I was asking for people’s money i wanted it to be for something special.”

Dean, who lives on Hassop Close in Fairfield set himself the target of raising £1,000 but has already raised £1,400. He said: “We live in a small town but everyone has got behind me.”

He travelled to Lincoln to do his fundraiser and said the most nerve-wracking bit was the weigh-in.

He said: “To do the wing walk you must weigh less than 77kg and I have worked so hard to get down to that weight. I’ve given up bread, chocolate and even beer.”

Dean weighed in at 76.8kg having lost three and half stone in the six month leading up to his walk on Sunday.

He added: “It was the best experience of my life, we took off at 70miles an hour and got up to 120mph. The buzz when I finished was amazing and I’m so proud of myself and the journey I’ve been on.”