Lin Hiley regarded for her extraordinary fundraising exploits
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At the age of 73, Exmouth pensioner Lin Hiley is far from taking it easy.
Not satisfied with traversing Europe’s longest zip wire and completing a tandem parachute jump, all in the name of charity, she has now signed up for her most daring mission to date… a wing walk!
The sponsored daredevil stunt takes place at Dunkeswell Airport on July 26 to raise much needed funds for Hospiscare.
And Lin is appealing for donations to help her pluck up the courage.
The former occupational therapist said she decided to volunteer for the wing walk after her husband, Paul, was unable to continue his volunteer work with Hospiscare due to the pandemic.
Paul’s first wife, Sue, who was also a friend of Lin’s, was taken care of by the Exeter-based charity before she died in 1996.
Lin said: “I’m not quite sure what to expect but I’m told there will be ‘swoops and dives’!
“I had to get a certificate from my doctor to say I was fit and healthy enough but other than that it will just be a case of turning up on the day!”
Lin and Paul are no strangers to adventure. In 2007 they sailed across the Atlantic, in a 35 ft yacht spending three years exploring the Caribbean before returning from Antigua via the Azores.
Paul is also a professional musician who has provided the backing music for many artists including Cliff Richard, played at the BBC Proms and also appears on numerous film scores including Born Free and Ryan’s Daughter.
The percussionist also provided some of the chilling moments on soundtracks for several Hammer House Of Horror films.
Lin, who lives in Windsor Square, Exmouth, said she was determined to raise as much money as she could for Hospiscare.
“They are such wonderful people and do an amazing job,” she added.
“My only real concern is that I get really bad travel sickness so I’m hoping that won’t be a problem. When we crossed the Atlantic I had to take prescription travel sickness pills every eight hours for three weeks!”
Lin is hoping to raise £1,000 for Hospiscare. To make a donation go to