Wife of well known entertainer to undertake wing walk in husband’s memory
- Credit: Charmian Berry
The wife of a well-known Suffolk entertainer is set to undertake a daring “wing-walk” on Saturday in her husband’s memory.
Lyn Spall had already planned the adventurous fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK, as her husband had lived with the disease for the past 10 years.
However the challenge has taken on added urgency after Mr Spall, 79, sadly died last Thursday.
Mrs Spall, 63, said her husband’s passing had made her “even more determined” to raise funds for the charity.
“Don won’t be there to see me complete the challenge,” she said. “But I’m sure he’ll be looking down on me from above.”
Mr Spall was a well-known figure, who was made Honorary Freeman of Woodbridge in 2001 for his services to the town as the founder of the Company of Four theatre group.
His popularity in the town – and the wider world of entertainment – had already attracted many donations in aid of the challenge.
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Speaking before her husband’s death, Mrs Spall said she had been “bowled over” by the generosity, which has already raised more than £3,000 for the charity to help families affected by Parkinson’s.
Mrs Spall, a former headteacher at Creeting St Mary Primary School, had initially been set to take to the skies at Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster, Essex, earlier this month.
However, a late change of plans saw the wing-walk postponed until this coming Saturday, September 29, in Oxfordshire.
“It will be a very scary day for me but I am determined to conquer any fears I may have and take to the skies,” Mrs Spall said.
Mrs Spall said her husband was “loved and respected” by many who remember his work with Company of Four and as manager of the Riverside Theatre in Woodbridge, which had led to such generous donations.
The money will help Parkinson’s UK to lead research into finding a cure for the disease, which affects the nervous system, as well as to support families affected by the condition.
Mrs Spall said many people were unaware of the wide-ranging symptoms that can affect different Parkinson’s sufferers, which vary from tremors to difficulty swallowing, and she was keen to support the charity in its work.
The couple celebrated their Ruby wedding anniversary shortly before Mr Spall’s death.
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lyn-spall1 to donate.