Police officer taking to skies in honour of dad

A Cleveland Police officer is marking Dementia Action Week by planning her own daredevil action, flying on the wings of a 1940s biplane.

Inspector Michele Lackenby will complete the stunt, which harks back to the early days of aviation, in tribute to her dad Maurice Lackenby who has vascular dementia.

She’s asking colleagues, friends and family to sponsor her and monies will be donated to Alzheimer’s UK.

Michele, who describes her 83-year-old dad as her ‘hero’ plans to complete the wing walk on June 1 at Breighton Airfield.

The police officer, who has worked for the Force for 19 years, turned 50 this year. She bought the wing walk experience to mark her special birthday so all monies raised will go direct to charity.

Michele said: “Dementia Action Week is all about making a difference to those living with dementia.

“My dad is my world and as he could not celebrate my birthday this year, this is my way of marking it and feeling he’s involved. 

“He would love me doing this. I know he’d be proud as I take to the skies to raise money in the hope of one day eradicating the disease that has rocked my sisters’ and my world beyond comprehension.”

Michele can be sponsored at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michele-lackenby