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Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by Mark Dwyer


Flight of Hope

Flight of Hope 3rd to 6th April 2015

In March 2013 our daughter Christine was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She has undergone an urgent operation to remove the tumour followed by radiotherapy, chemotherapy and continues to fight this devastating disease with every day bringing its own challenges.

Christine and our family would really appreciate your support for The Brain Tumour Charity as cancer touches most families at some time in their lives. Every year this charity funds pioneering research into better ways to earlier diagnose and treat brain tumours and have given fantastic support to our family as they do for so many others.

Members of the Kernan Valley Flying Club and myself, Raphael, intend to fly around the coast of Ireland (weather permitting) on the Easter weekend from the 3rd to 6th April with as many aircraft and crews as possible.

Our journey of almost 1000 miles will start at Newcastle Co Down and follow the coast clockwise round Ireland, stopping at as many airfields along the way as possible (our route and full updates will be posted on Kernan Aviation’s Facebook page) to accept donations and raise awareness of the increase in cancer in UK and Ireland. So if you see an aircraft overhead think DONATE!

So how can you DONATE?

Donations can be made through Justgiving directly or via our Facebook page or website (see below) where you will find links to make the donation process even easier. You can also give donations to any of the pilots and crew who are members of the Kernan Valley Flying Club.

If you live in the UK you can also text your donation.


To donate £5 text KVFC56 £5 on 70070

To donate £10 text KVFC56 £10 on 70070

To donate £50 text KVFC56 £50 on 70070

Don’t forget to tick the gift aid box to maximize your donation.

Together we can make a difference.

All donations from our Justgiving page will go straight to the relevant Charities, these will be gratefully received for further research into this devastating disease and to provide care in the local community.

Thanking you in anticipation,

The O’Carroll Family/Kernan Valley Flying Club

About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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