Wing Walking for charity makes a star appearance after decades

Left to Right: Gayle Stephen, UCAN; Chris Chittell (Emmerdale) and Harm Bos (CHC).

CHC Helicopter, the global helicopter services company specialising in transportation and search and rescue operations, are delighted to be the sponsor of a weekend of Wing Walks at the Big Bash Scotland event for local Urological Cancer Charity UCAN. 

Up to twenty-eight members of the public will be taking to the skies alongside stars from the ITV soap Emmerdale, across the weekend of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11, June 2023, at the CHC owned Longside Airfield in Aberdeenshire. 

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The brave thrill seekers will be harnessed onto a biplane aircraft and flown over the Aberdeenshire countryside flying to a maximum of 700 ft and a minimum of 100ft on waving-runs at a speed between 80mph and 130mph. The flight will last approximately ten minutes from take-off to landing. This rare event has not taken place in Scotland for decades. 

Harm Bos, Operational Director Accountable Manager UK at CHC said: “We are truly delighted to sponsor this unique event and host it at our own airfield, raising vital funds to support local charity UCAN and all the work they continue to do in supporting Urological cancers. 

Our sponsorship means that one hundred percent of all fundraising by individuals will go directly to this local charity, which will make a meaningful difference to support and building awareness in our area.” 

Justine Royle, Chair of UCAN and Consultant Urological Surgeon said: “We are extremely grateful for the support of CHC Helicopters. UCAN’s current goal is to set up a Rapid Diagnostic Centre at ARI. The aims are to enable more patients with symptoms of a suspected urological cancer to be seen quicker and to have multiple scans or diagnostic 

procedures during a single hospital visit. UCAN plans to significantly reduce the time to diagnosis, which will reduce anxiety and improve cancer treatment outcomes for patients in the North of Scotland.”

CHC is giving the opportunity to a member of staff to Wing Walk for charity with the company matching the amount of funding raised. 

The Big Bash Scotland has been supported by George Walker Events and the cast of Emmerdale for over two decades raising over £2 million for a variety of charities and good causes. 

If you would like to take part in any of the events over The Big Bash Weekend, please visit

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