A blind British adventurer touched down in Sydney, Australia, Monday to end an epic 13,500-mile flight by microlight aircraft from London. Miles Hilton-Barber braved snowstorms, freezing temperatures and torrential downpours during his 54-day journey under the supervision of sighted co-pilot Richard Meredith-Hardy. “It’s the fulfillment of an amazing dream,” Hilton-Barber, 58, told reporters at Sydney’s Bankstown airport. “I’ve wanted to be a pilot since I was a kid. Now I’m totally blind and I’ve had the privilege of flying more than halfway around the world.” Hilton-Barber, who lost his eyesight to a hereditary condition about 20 years ago, is hoping the trip will raise $2 million for the charity Seeing is Believing, which works for the prevention of blindness in developing countries. He took to the skies from Biggin Hill air base in south London on March 7 in a microlight aircraft, which looks like a cross between a tricycle and a motorized hang-glider, with the aid of an audio device that reads out navigational information such as air speed and altitude. Hilton-Barber also has conquered Mount Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc, run marathons in the Sahara and Gobi deserts, and even attempted to reach the South Pole, hauling a sledge over 250 miles of Antarctic ice. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
BREAKING NEWS: 3 Finalists Picked For Indiana Supreme CourtThe Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has picked the three finalists for the Indiana Supreme Court. The three, all judges, are seeking to replace Justice Robert Rucker, who will retire next month.The JNC has selected Clark Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael, Wabash Superior Judge Christopher Goff and Boone Superior Judge Matthew Kincaid.The JNC made the announcement around 7 p.m. Wednesday after deliberating since around noon.Now, the JNC will send a letter about the three finalists to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will have 60 days from receiving that letter to make his choice for the bench. It will be Holcomb’s first appellate appointment.The JNC held interviews with the 11 semifinalists Tuesday and Wednesday morning and conducted the first round of interviews March 21-22. Twenty-one people applied for Rucker’s spot, with 20 being chosen for interviews.Rucker’s last day on the Supreme Court is May 12. The court announced Tuesday that he will become a senior judge, effective the day after his retirement.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
PROJECT 65 launches its next big challenge event MILITARY CHARITY LAUNCHES 131 MILE SUPER CHALLENGE AND A TRIBUTE TO FALLEN BRITISH HEROMilitary charity PROJECT 65 has created an incredible challenge event to raise vital funds for wounded armed forces personnel and bereaved families.Titled the FORCES MARCH, the annual event is designed to be one of the most challenging and demanding events of it’s kind in the UK. Teams from Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Fire Service, Police Forces, Corporate teams, Civilians and disabled participants will be running or walking a total distance of 131 miles from Ilfracombe, North Devon to Bulford Camp, Wiltshire. The FORCES MARCH begins on Thursday 27th May and finishes on Monday 31st May. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Teams will compete the 5 marathons in 5 days challenge to win ‘The Mark Hale Trophy’, a prize for the outright winning team which is named after Captain Mark Hale of 2nd Btn The Rifles Regiment who was killed whilst trying to save the life of another soldier in Afghanistan in August 2009.Captain Hale had led a team of 8 soldiers from 2 RIFLES in a rowing challenge to raise money for PROJECT 65 in June. His team rowed a total of 5800kms on rowing machines– the equivalent distance from Sangin, Afghanistan to Pegasus Bridge, Normandy to coincide with the charity’s first major challenge event, THE RUN TO PEGASUS which finished on the 65th anniversary of D-Day, 6th June 2009 at the legendary bridge.Danny Greeno, Chairman of PROJECT 65 tells where the inspiration came from for the FORCES MARCH, “I first had the idea for the FORCES MARCH around 2 years ago. Our first challenge event, THE RUN TO PEGASUS was such an overwhelming success that we decided to try and create something even bigger. The FORCES MARCH fits perfectly with our ethos of uniting civilians with the military to promote the efficiency of the armed forces as well as presenting a very demanding challenge. The route takes in some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery and if people really want to help raise money for our wounded heroes but are a little daunted by the prospect of covering 131 miles, they are welcome to just complete one or two stages of the march. We are extremely excited about the event and there is already huge interest. “Entry details and additional information can be found at www.forcesmarch.org.ukThe money raised by PROJECT 65 will be divided between The Royal British Legion, BLESMA, St Dunstan’s, RAF Benevolent Fund, Army Benevolent Fund and Help for Heroes. 55 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Howard Lake | 15 December 2009 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.