Crawley woman’s wingwalk in aid of school for children with epilepsy

Crawley resident, Monika Skrzypczak, completed a Wingwalk on Sunday, 10 July to raise funds for Lingfield charity Young Epilepsy - picture submitted
Crawley resident, Monika Skrzypczak, completed a Wingwalk on Sunday, 10 July to raise funds for Lingfield charity Young Epilepsy - picture submitted

A Crawley resident has completed a wingwalk to raise funds for the new school at the charity Young Epilepsy.

Monika Skrzypczak from Southgate who is an assistant house manager at Young Epiepsy based in Lingfield, was strapped to the wing of a biplane as it took flight at the Damyns Hall aerodrome in Essex on Sunday July 10.

Monika was part of a team of six women including Young Epilepsy’s director Vicki Kennedy, Jane Moss, Emily Donoghue, Sarah Nicholls and Rebecca Turnbull.

Monika Skrzypczak said: “The WingWalk was such an exciting and amazing experience. I love taking on challenges like this as it gives you a real buzz, especially because it is for such a great cause. The money the team raised will benefit the students at Young Epilepsy where I have worked for the past 11 years. I see first-hand the effect the condition has on the children and young people I work with, they are true inspirations and I wanted to take on the WingWalk to give something back to them.”

Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition in childhood affecting 112,000 people aged 25 and under in the UK. On average one child at every primary school and five at every secondary school will have been diagnosed with epilepsy.

The #ComeFlyWithYE team have raised £4255 so far, which will help buy new equipment for the classrooms of the new specialist school at Young Epilepsy’s campus.

The new state of the art St Piers School will provide outstanding, highly specialised education for children and young people with neurological conditions and learning disabilities such as epilepsy, autism, non weight bearing needs, acquired brain injury and profound multiple learning difficulties. The specialist school, based at the Young Epilepsy campus in Lingfield, will have capacity for 85 children and young people aged five to 19, which has increased from 70 in the existing school.

Anyone feeling inspired and want to take on a challenge to raise funds for Young Epilepsy contact the fundraising team on 01341831245 or email fundraising@youngepilepsy.org.uk

To donate please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MonikaSkrzypczak