Emsworth grandfather set to achieve lifelong wing walking dream in memory of brother cared for by Rowans Hospice

A LIFELONG dream will be recognised by an Emsworth grandfather who is set to take on a wing walk in memory of his little brother.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 4:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 10:50 am
Steve Parker, left, is taking on a charity wing walk to raise funds for the Rowans Hospice in memory of his younger brother Nicky, pictured right

When 61-year-old Steve Parker was asked what was on his bucket list, the first thing that came to mind was standing 700ft in the air on the wing of a plane.

This sky-high challenge will take place on June 26, with the daring feat set to raise funds for Rowans Hospice, where Steve’s younger brother Nicky spent his last days after a battle with cancer.

Nicky died in April 2018 aged just 57, and the family were amazed by the loving care and comfort given by the hospice’s dedicated team.

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Steve, who was very close to his brother, said: ‘Rowans is an important part of our community and I really wanted to give something back to them as a small way of saying thankyou.’

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He added: ‘It was a big loss. It could happen to me, so it’s giving something back for the amount of money they’ve got to raise.’

This will be the first time grandfather-of-three Steve will take on a challenge like this, but he is more excited than nervous for the experience.

He added: ‘I’ll be up in the clouds, a bit closer to my brother I think.’

Steve’s son-in-law Richard Baker encouraged him to take on the challenge and raise funds for the hospice.

Richard, from Whiteley, said: ‘You might as well do it for a good cause because that’s quite a daring thing to do.

‘It’ll be a great achievement for him, it’s something he’s always wanted to do and why not do it for such a great cause?’

Richard was shocked at how much funding the hospice requires on a daily basis to run its services, which amounts to £19,655 every day.

‘If we can make a small amount to make a difference to someone’s life then obviously he’s done what he set out to do,’ said Richard.

‘I’m looking forward to going to watch him do it. I know he’ll do it because he has set his mind to do it and has his brother at the forefront of his mind.’