Microlight pilots are taking to the skies this summer to raise money for The Old Spot Trust, Gloucestershire’s piggy bank to benefit local charities and good causes.
Every Wednesday members of the Severn Valley Microlight group will fly across Gloucestershire, touching down in each other’s fields.
They will enjoy a catch up, a barbecue and raise cash for the trust.
Pilot Rob Keene said ‘‘It is a good way to make the most of those long summer evenings, we all love to fly and thought that this would be a great opportunity to get together for a social and to give to a wonderful local charity.’’
But their mascot, Gloria, will have trot along behind the planes because she’s too porky to fly.
‘‘We don’t want to make a pig’s ear of it with Gloria weighing us down,’’ said Rob who owns Over Farm Market and is a trustee of The Old Spot Trust.
‘‘Gloria’s got snout to worry about. She’s still the premier pig but we’ll get a piglet to throw our spare cash in at the barbecues,’’ said Rob.
The paper mache piggy bank was made by children from Alderman Knight School in Tewkesbury. They called her Gloria because she is glamour girl with sweeping eyelashes.
The Old Spot Trust raises gives grants to Gloucestershire charities and community groups. Its aims are to work with local people, encourages community spirit and charitable support.
Ends 6th May 2010
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