Exmouth wing-walker Caroline, 70, raises £1,200 for RD&E intensive care unit

PUBLISHED: 12:39 29 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:39 29 July 2017

(From L to R) Caroline Burns; Bobbie Preston, ICU Sister; Pete Roberts, Nurse; and Bob Burns hand over their cheque.

(From L to R) Caroline Burns; Bobbie Preston, ICU Sister; Pete Roberts, Nurse; and Bob Burns hand over their cheque.


Caroline Burns, 70, completed a wing walk sponsored challenge to boost the hospital’s unit after they cared for her husband Bob.

Carline Burns after completing her wing walkCarline Burns after completing her wing walk

A ‘self confessed’ adrenaline junkie from Exmouth has completed a charity wing walk challenge to boost the care unit that saved her husband’s life.

Caroline Burns, 70, has raised more than £1,200 for the Royal Devon and Exeter’s intensive care unit who cared for her spouse Bob last autumn.

Bob was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had a length stay in the ICU to recuperate from a series of surgeries.

Caroline said: “The staff there were tremendous all the way through, not just with the medical side of things, but they looked after me as well, so I wanted to give something back.

“When Bob was in intensive care I said to sister, I’m thinking of doing a wing walk for the unit. I felt I had to do something to say thank you for saving my husband’s life. No words can say how grateful we are to them.

Caroline took the skies back in May at the Chiltern Park Aerodrome in Oxford adding to her growing list of challenges including a zip-wire ride, a tandem parachute jump and spitefire flight.

The 70-year-old said: “I wasn’t nervous at all. The wing walk was absolutely fantastic. I would have done it again if they’d let me stay up there.”

The couple returned to the hospital to present a cheque for the intensive care unit trust fund.

Bob said: “It was quite emotional going back, which I didn’t expect at all. But when you meet the people who have saved your life it’s bound to affect you a bit! It’s impossible to put into words how good they were to me, so this is just one big thank you to everyone at the RD&E who helped me, from the minute I arrived there to the day I left. And if they can use our donation to help save someone else and get them out the door as well then that is a very good thing.”

ICU Sister Bobbi Preston, one of the team who care for Bob during his stay, added: “It was wonderful to see Bob looking so well, it is one the best part of our job when patients come back to let us know how they are doing.”

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